Status: 02.10.2023, 04:45 a.m.
By: Ulrike Hagen, Kilian Bäuml, Jennifer Lanzinger, Sarah Neumeyer
Candles, flowers and a large plush teddy bear can be seen in front of a fence at the site. On Thursday, the body of a missing 14-year-old from northern Hesse was found in a wooded area. The police have arrested © a suspect Swen Pförtner/dpa
The search for 14-year-old Marie Sophie from Bad Emstal, who has been missing since Wednesday evening, ended on Thursday evening with sad certainty.
- Missing girl from Hesse is dead: body found in wooded area.
- Police arrest suspect: 20-year-old acquaintance under suspicion of murder.
- After the body was found in Hesse: Mother of missing Marie Sophie speaks out.
Update from 13:30 p.m.: Two days after a 14-year-old girl was found dead in Bad Emstal in northern Hesse, the investigation continues. A police spokesman said on Saturday. However, he did not give any further details with reference to the public prosecutor's office.
Dozens of candles and police flutter tape were still visible on Saturday on the dirt road in Bad Emstal, where the body was found. Numerous flowers and a large, white plush teddy lay on a fence. Pieces of paper and stones in front of the girl's school read "Why??? - Rest in peace" and "We miss you".
Marie Sophie's aunt comments on alleged perpetrator: "If I can't have you, then no one"
Update from 7:34 a.m.: After the death of a 14-year-old from northern Hesse, another family member of the girl has commented on the alleged perpetrator. The 20-year-old acquaintance of Marie Sophie allegedly wanted a relationship. "She felt too young. Then he would probably have said: 'If I can't have you, then no one,'" an aunt told Bild.
The girl's mother had already publicly commented on the 20-year-old suspect from the district of Kassel. Accordingly, the two should not have had any contact. "But he was just obsessed with her," she said in an interview with RTL. For the mother, it quickly became clear: "I immediately said who it was."
According to police, the man is a "friendly acquaintance of the victim". "I've seen the two of them together regularly for a month," a bus driver told Bild. According to the Kassel public prosecutor's office and the North Hesse police headquarters, an arrest warrant was issued against the 20-year-old on Friday on suspicion of murder. The man is now in custody.
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Missing Marie Sophie from Hesse found dead: 20-year-old man in custody
Update from Saturday, September 30, 6:09 a.m.: After the alleged murder of a 14-year-old from northern Hesse, the investigation into the background continues. A 20-year-old acquaintance of the girl is said to be responsible for the death of the student. According to the public prosecutor's office in Kassel and the police headquarters in North Hesse, an arrest warrant was issued against him on Friday on suspicion of murder. The man is now in custody.
Update from 18:32 p.m.: After the death of 14-year-old Marie Sophie from Bad Emstal, the inhabitants of the village are shocked by what happened. "It's terrible. The whole village is horrified that something like this is happening here," said one resident. Her daughter attends a parallel class of the victim and has completed primary school with her.
She was very relieved that a suspect had already been identified, the woman said. "Otherwise, my daughter would have to continue to be afraid." So far, she has always felt safe in Bad Emstal. "It will now take some time for the place to process this."
In the case of the suspected man, several pieces of evidence were secured, including the mobile phone of the dead. He was brought before a magistrate on Friday, who ordered pre-trial detention on suspicion of murder.
The mayor of Bad Emstal, Stefan Frankfurth (SPD), is also shocked. "We are shocked by what happened last night in our community," he said on Friday. The sympathy of the population can be felt everywhere, the press cannot be overlooked. Frankfurth also asked that the relatives be given their space for grief.
Missing Marie Sophie (14) from Hesse dead: suspect arrested
Update from 15:10 p.m.: After the autopsy of the body of a 14-year-old girl, who was found dead in a wooded area in the northern Hessian town of Bad Emstal, the investigators assume a violent act. This was the preliminary result of the autopsy completed in the early afternoon, police and the public prosecutor's office in Kassel jointly announced on Friday. The suspect, who was arrested the evening before in Bad Emstal, is still in police custody. The 20-year-old should have been seen in temporal connection with the disappearance of the young people in the area of the edge of the forest, it said. The suspect is said to be an acquaintance of the girl.
The inhabitants of Bad Emstal are shocked by the death of 14-year-old Marie Sophie and have set up candles in memory. © Nicole Schippers/dpa
The police had already questioned the man as part of the search for the young person missing since Wednesday. After the body of the 14-year-old was found, he had moved "into the focus of the investigation" due to the information he had made at the time. A search of his person and also of an apartment in which he had previously stayed had confirmed the initial suspicion. The victim's mobile phone and other evidence were found and secured. The public prosecutor's office will apply for the issuance of a pre-trial detention order, the presentation before the magistrate should take place on Friday.
Missing Marie Sophie (14) from Hesse dead: mother speaks after arrest - "He was just obsessed with her"
Update from 14:35 p.m.: The missing Marie Sophie from Hesse is dead. After the discovery of a woman's body, there is sad certainty, the police confirmed an arrest in the morning. In an interview with RTL, the mother of the 14-year-old spoke out. Accordingly, the 20-year-old still actively helped in the search for the teenager. "He was still communicating with us, the whole time, actually wanted to help us," the mother told the TV station. But for the mother it quickly became clear: "I immediately said who it was".
As RTL further reports, the mother replied to the question of whether her daughter had been friends with the now suspect: "You can say that, you can't say that". According to this, the two should not have had any contact, but: "But he was just obsessed with her". She can't and shouldn't say more at the moment, the mother continued in the short conversation.
Missing Marie Sophie (14) from Hesse dead: police report arrest - young man urgently suspected
Update from 10.45 a.m.: As the public prosecutor's office in Kassel and the police headquarters in North Hesse explain on Friday morning, the extensive investigations have revealed indications of third-party negligence. Accordingly, an acquaintance of the victim was arrested on Thursday evening at around 19.30 p.m. in Bad Emstal. "He is a 20-year-old from the district of Kassel with German citizenship. Due to further investigations and searches, the first suspicions against him could be substantiated," the police said in the statement. The young man is now strongly suspected of being responsible for the girl's death.
As the police explained in the message together with the public prosecutor's office in Kassel, a man had discovered the body of the young woman while making wood in a group of trees on the edge of a field outside the village in the area of a woodpile and immediately informed the police. The exact cause of death is still unclear, the autopsy of the 14-year-old is currently underway.
Missing Marie Sophie found dead: police spokesman speaks out
Update from 9.30 a.m.: After the discovery of a female body in a forest in Hesse, the police still do not rule out third-party negligence. "The autopsy of the deceased is currently underway," said a police spokesman in the morning.
In the search for the teenager, the body was discovered late Thursday afternoon in the forest near the small town of Bad Emstal. The cause of death was initially unclear. The investigators hoped that the autopsy would provide information about how the student died, said the police spokesman. For the time being, it also remained unclear who found the body. For the time being, they will not comment on this for investigative tactical reasons, he said.
The place where the body was found had been cordoned off on Thursday evening. The fire brigade helped to illuminate the area so that the criminal investigation department and forensics could continue their work into the night. The investigators also used a drone. The forensic investigation was completed around 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning, the spokesman said. Only a few remaining works would be carried out on Friday at the site. In the course of the day, the police will report together with the Kassel public prosecutor's office on the current state of the investigation.
Missing 14-year-old from Hesse dead: "Identity of the found dead is beyond doubt"
Notification of origin dated 29 September: Bad Emstal – After the discovery of a female body in a remote wooded area near the Bad Emstal district of Sand in the district of Kassel, there now seems to be sad certainty: The dead woman is the 14-year-old girl who disappeared from home on Wednesday evening.
"The identity of the dead found is beyond doubt," said Ulrike Schaake from the press office of the police headquarters of North Hesse to merkur.de of IPPEN. MEDIA on Friday morning.
Missing 14-year-old Marie Sophie from northern Hesse: girl's body found in forest
"As part of the search for the 14-year-old from Bad Emstal, who has been missing since yesterday, a lifeless young female person has been found in a wooded area near Bad Emstal-Sand around 17:30 p.m.," police said on Thursday evening. An emergency doctor could only determine the death of the young woman. Whether the body is the missing girl, was not clear at first.
Tragic certainty: Missing 14-year-old found dead in the forest area near Bad Emstal
Now there is sad certainty, as the Kassel criminal police announced. It is assumed "that the young female person found dead is the 14-year-old from Bad Emstal, who has been missing since yesterday and for whom the police had already been looking."
Missing 14-year-old from northern Hesse: forensics completed, autopsy tomorrow
According to press spokeswoman Schaake, the forensics on site, which lasted until late at night, has been completed. "Tomorrow the autopsy will take place, which should provide information about what exactly happened," Schaake told the merkur.de.
An employee of the forensics department goes to the site. In Bad-Emstal, in the district of Kassel, a woman's body has been discovered. Police did not rule out a crime on Thursday night. © Swen Pförtner/dpa
Missing girl found in northern Hesse: police were looking for witnesses
Since Thursday afternoon, the police had publicly searched for the missing girl from Bad Emstal-Sand and asked for clues from the population. At the same time, an intensive search operation took place in the forest area, during which some of the girl's clothes were finally found. The 14-year-old had left home at around 27.09 p.m. on Wednesday evening (2023.18.30) and had not returned afterwards.
The community is united in deep sorrow for the death of the missing 14-year-old girl, as reported by the hna.de. Hundreds of people expressed their condolences online, while candles were lit for the deceased teenager on site.
Third-party negligence cannot be ruled out: "Further findings will only be announced after the autopsy, which is expected to take place tomorrow," says Ulrike Schaake. (with dpa)