“The danger is persistent”.
The public prosecutor of Épinal Nicolas Heitz makes no secret of the situation of little Mia, 8, kidnapped Tuesday in the Vosges.
The girl therefore continues to be actively sought on Thursday, with "very significant resources", according to the prosecution even if the kidnapping alert triggered Tuesday ceased overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.
"The investigations are in progress, very active searches continue to find the little girl", specified the public prosecutor.
"Very significant resources are committed to the service of this investigation", he added, specifying that it was "complex and long investigations to carry out".
The investigation was entrusted to the services of the national gendarmerie.
To keep the public informed of this headline-grabbing affair, the public prosecutor of Épinal plans to hold a new press conference on Friday morning.
Mia Montemaggi was kidnapped by three men, by cunning and without violence, late Tuesday morning while she was staying with her maternal grandmother, designated a trusted third party by justice, in the village of Les Poulières, at about thirty kilometers from Épinal.
The child was in fact followed by child protection.
She was placed in temporary care because of her mother's “verbal abuse”.
The prosecutor referred to the latter's "suicidal remarks" and her refusal to educate her daughter.
The mother also the subject of a wanted notice
Her mother, Lola Montemaggi, 28, who had not been allowed to see Mia alone since January and "wanted to live on the margins of society", could be with her, as she was not found at her home. in Épinal.
It too is the subject of a wanted notice.
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Two of the kidnappers - a third who remained in the vehicle that took the child - pretended to be child welfare officials, with Ministry of Justice letterhead, in order to highlight trust the child's grandmother.
One of them is in his thirties and has a cross-shaped tattoo on his neck.
A second is also about thirty years old and is "brown with blond locks".
The latest suspect, who was waiting in a Volkswagen van at the time of the kidnapping, is over 35 years old and graying hair, according to preliminary findings.
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In this context where every minute counts, the magistrate invites all the people having information allowing to find Mia to communicate it quickly to the authorities.
Anyone with information about this kidnapping is invited to call 0 800 36 32 68.