After the death of a 12-year-old from Freudenberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, the police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances of the death on Monday. The child's body was found yesterday afternoon near a former train station in Rhineland-Palatinate, right on the state border.
The investigators had initially given no information on the cause of death "for investigative tactical reasons", as it was said. It was not immediately known whether the police suspected a crime. The investigation is being conducted by the Koblenz Criminal Investigation Department. The child was last seen in Freudenberg at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, when it was walking home after visiting a friend. When it did not come home, the search began in the evening with strong forces from the police and fire brigade.
Police officers then discovered a female body yesterday, according to the Siegen police, in a wooded area above Freudenberg-Hohenhain, which belongs to the Siegen-Wittgenstein district. Only later did it turn out that the site was in Rhineland-Palatinate, which belongs to the district of Altenkirchen.
The investigative authorities initially left open whether it was the missing twelve-year-old. This was officially confirmed on Sunday evening. It was not initially known whether the body should be autopsied to determine the cause of death.