Status: 03.10.2023, 04:46 a.m.
By: Florian Dörr, Niklas Hecht
Marie Sophie (14) is dead. The police have arrested a man in the case of the young people from northern Hesse. The suspicion against the 20-year-old has now been confirmed.
Update from Monday, October 2, 11:37 a.m.: Four days ago, the body of Marie Sophie (14) from Bad Emstal was discovered. Her alleged killer remains silent. According to the Kassel public prosecutor's office, the man had made use of his right to refuse to testify.
According to the public prosecutor's office, the victim's mobile phone was found in the suspect's case. According to information from the Bild newspaper, "no obvious, bloody injuries were found" during the autopsy, which suggests death by closing the airways. This information has not yet been confirmed by the investigators.
Employees of forensics at work in Bad Emstal after the body of Marie Sophie (14) was discovered. © Swen Pförtner/dpa
Suspected murder of Marie Sophie in Bad Emstal: Tadtsuspect in custody
Update from Saturday, September 30, 13:35 p.m.: In the meantime, more is known about the suspect in the case of the murdered Marie Sophie from Bad Emstal. On Friday, the man was brought before a magistrate. He ordered the 20-year-old accused to be remanded in custody on suspicion of murder. He is now in a Hessian correctional facility.
According to the prosecutor's office, the suspect is no stranger to the judiciary. "But I am not aware that it has ever been about violence against people," said the spokesman for the public prosecutor's office.
Marie Sophie's family members talk about the suspect
Family members of those killed have also commented on the suspect. "I immediately said who it was," the student's mother explained in an interview with RTL. Actually, the young man should not have had any contact with her daughter. However, he was "obsessed" with her. The 14-year-old's aunt told Bild that the suspect wanted to have a relationship with Marie Sophie. "She felt too young. Then he would have said, 'If I can't have you, then no one.'"
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The first suspicion quickly turned against the acquaintance of the young people. According to police, he was seen at the approximate time of the disappearance of the teenagers in the area of the edge of the forest, where the girl's body was found. Therefore, officials had questioned him during the search. "His information put him after finding the body in the focus of the investigation," said the police. A search of an apartment in which he had previously stayed then confirmed the initial suspicion, because officers found and secured the victim's mobile phone and other evidence in the apartment.
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According to HNA information, the 14-year-old and the suspect had arranged to meet online on the evening of Marie Sophie's disappearance. After the girl left her parents' home, she did not return. The spokesman for the Kassel public prosecutor's office also announced that the 20-year-old and the 14-year-old saw each other more often, even with several people. He also spoke of a clique. So it wasn't just an Internet acquaintance, but they met from time to time.
After the death of the previously missing 14-year-old, the horror and consternation in Bad Emstal in the district of Kassel continues to be great.
Body of Marie Sophie (14) found: what is known about the suspect
First report from Friday, September 29, 13:30 p.m.: Bad Emstal – After the body of 14-year-old Marie Sophie was found on Thursday afternoon in Bad Emstal (Kassel district), the police arrested a suspect.
According to the North Hesse police, the man is an acquaintance of the victim. The exact relationship between the two is not yet publicly known. He is 20 years old and comes from the district of Kassel. The North Hesse police, together with the Kassel public prosecutor's office, also declare that he is a German national.
Body of Marie Sophie (14) from Bad Emstal found: 20-year-old urgently suspected
The first suspicions against the man in the case of the killed 14-year-old have now been confirmed. During searches, the police found the victim's mobile phone and, according to their own statements, secured further evidence. After the disappearance of the 14-year-old, the suspect had been questioned, as the police announced on Friday afternoon. His information at the time put him after the discovery of the body on Thursday afternoon in the focus of the investigation.
The 20-year-old is now considered an urgent suspect of being responsible for the death of Marie Sophie from Bad Emstal. According to the police, the arrest took place on Thursday evening (28 September) at around 19.30 pm.
Case Marie Sophie from Bad Emstal: Police give details of the suspect
The 14-year-old had been missing since Wednesday (27 September). According to the police, a man had discovered the body of the student on Thursday while making wood. The lifeless body was therefore located in a group of trees on the edge of a field on the edge of the district of Sand in the area of a woodpile.
Suspect arrested – Exact cause of death in the case of Marie Sophie (14) still unclear
It is not yet known whether the suspect in the Marie Sophie case has already made statements to the North Hesse police. The 20-year-old is to be brought before the magistrate on Friday. The circumstances under which the 14-year-old from Bad Emstal died are still unclear.
Further information in the case will be announced by the police and the public prosecutor's office in the course of Friday after completion of the autopsy. (FD/NHE/ANKI)