Missing girl feared abducted in E France

21st June 2004, Comments 0 comments

RHINAU, France, June 20 (AFP) - More than 150 police and volunteers were combing woodlands and watercourses in eastern France Sunday for an 11-year-old girl missing for three days and who was likely abducted, officials said.

RHINAU, France, June 20 (AFP) - More than 150 police and volunteers were combing woodlands and watercourses in eastern France Sunday for an 11-year-old girl missing for three days and who was likely abducted, officials said.

The child, identified only be her first name, Jeanne-Marie, disappeared from the garden of her family home in Rhinau, near Strasbourg, last Friday as she was playing on her bicycle.

The bicycle was found 200 metres (yards) away near a sports complex.

"As our investigations move forward we are looking more and more at the theory of an abudction, even if other leads have not been ruled out," the investigating magistrate in charge of the search operation, Jacques Louvel, told journalists.

A senior gendarme, lieutenant-colonel Jean-Francois Giere, said police counterparts in neighbouring Germany had been contacted and were conducting a search on their side of the nearby border.

French newspapers gave widespread coverage to the disappearance and published photos of the girl.

© AFP

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