When searching for a twelve-year-old girl from Freudenberg, South Westphalia, who has been missing since Saturday evening, emergency services discovered a female body. It is still unclear whether this is the missing twelve-year-old, the Siegen police reported on Sunday.
The body was found in a forest above Freudenberg-Hohenhain. Police officers took over the on-site investigation. Further information could not be given at first, it said.
Police and rescue workers have been looking for the girl in large numbers since Saturday. According to the police, the child was last seen around 5.30 p.m. when he started walking home after visiting a friend. The shortest way leads through a forest, said a spokeswoman. Freudenberg is located on the state border with Rhineland-Palatinate and belongs to the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein.
The search had already begun in the evening. Firefighters and police forces were deployed. Area search dogs and "mantrailer" dogs specializing in the search for people were also present. A helicopter with a thermal imaging camera also flew over the area during the night.
The search went through the night. On Sunday morning, the forces of a hundred of the Cologne riot police were added. "We are looking extensively with extremely strong forces," said the spokeswoman on Sunday afternoon. The police also published a photo of the child (click here for the NRW police search portal).
There is no evidence that a family dispute caused the girl to run away, the spokeswoman said. "It's just a normal family."