Eighty gendarmes will be mobilized this Thursday to carry out two new search operations in the area where Lina, a 15-year-old girl, has been missing since Saturday. A disturbing disappearance for which "all tracks continue to be explored" by investigators.
A team of divers from Strasbourg probed Wednesday afternoon two ponds, while the girl has not been seen since she went Saturday late morning to the station of Saint-Blaise-la-Roche in the Bas-Rhin, taking on foot a route of about three kilometers from her home in this wooded and forest area at the foot of the Vosges mountains.
Two ponds screened
Several vehicles of the gendarmerie and specialized teams from Strasbourg arrived on the scene shortly after 14:00 Wednesday. A German police van was also part of the convoy.
The divers then methodically squared the two ponds of Breux, at the edge of which passes a bike path that Lina should have taken Saturday. A path that the girl had traveled every day last week to go to the supermarket where she was interning, in the village of Saint-Blaise-la-Roche.
Under the eyes of some relatives and many journalists, the divers, divided into small groups, explored the place until about 18:30 p.m. Ten personnel, including seven divers, participated in the search, according to the Saverne prosecutor's office.
The gendarmes at work during the search in one of the ponds. PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP
According to the manager of the fishing pond, who did not wish to give his name, three fishermen were on site at 06:00 Saturday morning, and they did not see the girl pass, unlike the day before.
No 'useful items' discovered
In addition, 15 soldiers of the gendarmerie carried out a new sweep on the ground during the day. But "none (of these operations) allowed the discovery of useful element for the investigation," said the prosecutor of Saverne in a statement Wednesday evening. "All avenues continue tonight to be explored," it is specified.
This Thursday, 80 gendarmes will be mobilized for two new sweep operations "on the potential area" of the disappearance. "The testimonies received by the investigative services during the day were the subject of thorough checks throughout the national territory," also said the prosecutor of Saverne, Aline Clérot, in the statement.
A medical-psychological emergency cell (CUMP) had been set up from 13:00 Wednesday in the neighboring town of Plaine. At his request, the victim support association SOS France Victimes 67 will coordinate the system "to allow medium- and long-term follow-up".
"Close to his mother"
The teenager disappeared late Saturday morning. Two witnesses saw her on foot on the road between her home and the village, between 11:15 and 11:30. His phone, which has not been found, stopped ringing at 11:22 a.m., Aline Clérot said at a press conference Tuesday. "No banking activity on his account has been noted since the disappearance of the girl," added the magistrate.
The hypothesis of a runaway was quickly discarded: "She was a very nice girl, very happy, smiling, always ready for good things," said Tuesday Thibault, one of his friends. "She was respectful, very close to her mother, she was always careful not to disappoint her. I don't believe for a second that she would have run away."
According to him, the teenager, an only child, entered this year in CAP aide à la personne in an establishment near Saint-Blaise-la-Roche, about sixty kilometers southwest of Strasbourg. Her parents are separated, her mother is a nurse and Lina apparently doesn't have much relationship with her father anymore.