Status: 30/09/2023, 12:59 p.m.
By: Michelle Brey, Robin Dittrich, Kai Hartwig
In a small town in Alsace, a 15-year-old girl disappears without a trace. The search for her continues.
Update from September 30, 8:22 a.m.: In the case of Lina (15), who disappeared in France, the investigating prosecutor made a statement on Friday evening (29 September), according to a report by the TF1 channel. Accordingly, on Friday from 6 o'clock in the morning, a coordinated large-scale operation was carried out by police forces.
According to the prosecutor, several regions of Lina's possible missing persons area were combed through. "Information useful for the investigation" had been obtained, "which still needs to be verified". The lawyer added: "The gendarmerie is conducting numerous investigations, including forensic and scientific investigations on several vehicles that are the focus of the investigation. These investigations will continue in the coming hours."
Lina (15) from Alsace still missing: boyfriend and mother talk live on TV
Update from September 29, 11:49 a.m.: "I don't sleep anymore, I don't eat anymore. I can't think of anything else but her," says Lina's mother in an interview with TF1. Together with Lina's boyfriend, she ventured in front of the camera and explained how the day Lina disappeared went.
"I saw them in the bathroom. That was the last moment I saw her. She was happy, enthusiastic. She had a plan for the day," recalls mother Fanny. Lina wanted to meet her boyfriend Tao in Strasbourg. But she never got there.
"I waited at the station, but she never got off," says Tao, 19. He has been in a relationship with the 15-year-old for a few months. Together they wanted to go to a restaurant in Strasbourg and go on a shopping trip. But even before Lina's train arrived in Strasbourg, Tao claims to have sensed that something was wrong. "I texted her mother that something felt bizarre," he explains: "She didn't answer anymore." Lina didn't answer her phone anymore.
Tao received the last message around 11:15 a.m., he says. "It was a video of her. It showed them. She was happy to come. She was on her way."
There is still no trace of the missing Lina from France, now her boyfriend commented on TV. © TF1/Police
Fate of missing 15-year-old makes France fearful: New details known
Update from September 29, 10:25 a.m.: The search for 15-year-old Lina from France continues, and the girl is still missing. On Thursday, about 80 gendarmes combed through two areas near a pond, French media reported. The 15-year-old had disappeared on Saturday on the three-kilometer walk to the train station of Saint-Blaise-la-Roche. According to the broadcaster France Info, the pond is on the way.
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The teenager actually wanted to go to Strasbourg to see her boyfriend. However, she did not get there. Two witnesses saw her on her way to the station. The investigators know, however, that the 14-year-old did not get on the train. At the beginning of the week, hundreds of residents had also participated in the search for clues to the youth. On Wednesday, divers from the german-French water police searched the pond.
Update from September 28, 9:45 a.m.: Furthermore, 15-year-old Lina from France is missing. After her disappearance, a pond was the focus of the search work on Wednesday. Divers from the german-French water police from Kehl were deployed in the search. The gendarmerie informed about this. In total, about 50 gendarmes continued to search for the teenager.
Divers are looking for 15-year-old Lina, who is missing in France. © Patrick Herzog/dpa/Gendarmerie nationale
According to France Info, the pond is on the path where the 15-year-old disappeared on Saturday. Actually, the teenager wanted to go to her boyfriend in Strasbourg, but she did not arrive there. The search will also continue on Thursday, as BFM Alsace reported.
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Investigators now know that the teenager did not board the train. Two witnesses saw her on her way to the station. This was announced by the prosecutor of Saverne (Alsace), Aline Clérot. At about the same time, the missing person's phone stopped sending out signals. In the investigation, all possibilities would continue to be examined, it was told to BFM Alsace.
Divers search a pond for 15-year-old Lina. She has been missing since Saturday. © Patrick Hertzog/dpa
A call by the gendarmerie to the public to come forward with information is apparently complied with by many people. "We're getting a lot of calls," it said. "I'm afraid something serious has happened to her," a friend told BFMTV. Initially, there was no success in the search for the missing woman – similar to the case of the missing Émile. The two-year-old had disappeared from the southern French town of Le Vernet.
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Our initial report: Saint-Blaise-la-Roche – There was a lot of attention in the French media on Tuesday (26 September) for the search for a 15-year-old. The teenager Lina had already disappeared on Saturday on a three-kilometer footpath.
Over 300 volunteers search for missing 15-year-old Lina in Alsace
Under the guidance of the police and forestry officers, the search operation took place. It is suspected that the 15-year-old was traveling in the direction of the train station of Saint-Blaise-la-Roche, but never arrived there. Her boyfriend, with whom she had arranged to meet in Strasbourg, called the police when she did not arrive there as agreed. At first, it was unclear where the teenager had disappeared, but later the police found out that she never boarded the train.
The police searched for the missing woman with a helicopter, dogs and drones. The search led through wooded areas along a district road and a cycle path, which the 15-year-old must have passed through on her way to the train station. Nearly 400 volunteers who assisted the police in their search were instructed to scour the site at a distance of two meters from each other for items of clothing, a handbag, a mobile phone or traces of blood.
Missing 15-year-old sends last sign of life to her boyfriend
Already on Monday, the search for the missing 15-year-old began on the outskirts of Saint-Blaise-la-Roche. In the second search on Tuesday, the 380 volunteers searched between 8 a.m. and 13 p.m. local time. "We didn't go to work today to participate in the search. We are all parents and affected by this disappearance," said the employee of a construction company who helped with the search.
- The call for witnesses to the missing 15-year-old in Saint-Blaise-la-Roche:
- Name: Lina
- Height: 1.60 meters
- Weight: 49 kg
- Hair: Blonde, shoulder-length
- Clothing: Grey dress, white down jacket, white Converse shoes
- Place: Saint-Blaise-la-Roche
The first, as well as the second attempt to find the girl, were unsuccessful: The 15-year-old is still considered missing. There are also no further indications to date. The teenager sent her last sign of life as a message to her boyfriend as she set off.
At a press conference, prosecutor Aline Clérot spoke a few words. Accordingly, two witnesses saw the missing woman on Saturday morning on the way to the train station. The next step will be to examine the ponds along the route. (RD with dpa)