• Germany's news in English
 

Police seek murderer of 11-year-old girl

Published: 26 Mar 2012 17:57 GMT+02:00

"The perpetrator is still unknown," local police spokesman Werner Brandt told a press conference on Monday. Police have not yet released further details about the young man, because relevant facts "have not yet been 100 percent verified."

"I can say that the crime was sexually motivated," said Brandt, adding that the exact cause of death is also yet to be disclosed, for tactical reasons.

"Our current investigations suggest the place the body was found was where she murdered," he added.

The girl, identified as only Lena, had gone out with a boy of the same age at 5 p.m. Saturday evening to feed ducks.

The pair had cycled into the car park, adjacent to a multiplex cinema, between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A security guard discovered Lena's body a few hours later and alerted the emergency services, who failed in their attempts to resuscitate her.

The boy is still in shock, according to Brandt. "His testimony is still very fragmentary," he said. It remains unclear whether he saw the murderer, or whether they had been followed. He had gone home and told his parents that she was missing, who then contacted Lena's parents.

Police had kept the investigation secret until Monday for strategic reasons, but are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen the two children and anyone suspicious near them.

"We are at the start of our investigation," said Brandt. Video surveillance footage from the car park is currently being inspected.

The Local/DAPD/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

19:52 March 26, 2012 by Goldilocks14
What is this world coming to? How tragic, poor little girl! How on could any man be such a 'swine' as to want to commit a sexual offence against a child? We live in a very sad, sad world. This criminal needs locking up for life, if I had my way I'd bring back the death penalty for such a horrific crime.
19:57 March 26, 2012 by Jibzy
Because of crimes like this, i feel as if i am holding back justice by wanting my liberties and not agreeing to stricter surveillance in the world.

I hope this person gets caught and be given an exemplary punishment. Putting him to death is a safe way out for him, I want to see a very violent death for this monster.

My condolences for the girl's family.
23:45 March 26, 2012 by Lawdog20636
I love Germany and do my best to visit every two years. However when I read about crimes of violence involving children and makes me appreaciate the fact that the United States has a death penalty. I pray for swift justice for this animal...
00:17 March 27, 2012 by Whipmanager
OK what is going on here, they wont release some info for tactical reasons, nor other data fr Strategic reasons...is someone trying to sound sophisticated or is this a new war? Those two words distract me from the real tragedy: A young lady was killed and her boy-friend may or may not know something.

As for giving him a fitting punishment, let's determine what that is. Death is right, but he will probably get 5 years actual time and be out before the girl would have turned 18. I wonder if the girls parents would ask fr leniency if there were a death penalty in Germany? Or, do they support one now? German Laws on such behavior set a bad tone. You can get more time for counterfeiting money than for murder- as crimes against the state have more weight and a heavier punishment than against humanity.
10:32 March 27, 2012 by mrcontinental
Advocates for the death penalty always claim that it is to deter crime yet when you compare Germany and the USA when it comes to violent crimes like this there is no comparison.

The death penalty is solely for revenge and will do nothing to bring this little girl back. The Germans seem to be handling things just fine in their society without the death penalty while the states is turning into a cesspool.

Just leave your condolences for the family and curb your bloodlust folks.
Today's headlines
Hamburg districts make UNESCO heritage list
An eightfold composite picture of different views of the Chilehaus (Chile House) and the Sprinkenhof in Hamburg. Photo: EPA/Christian Charisius/dpa/picture alliance

Hamburg districts make UNESCO heritage list

The UN cultural agency on Sunday designated Hamburg's historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World Heritage sites. READ  

Germany's AfD heads right with new leader
Frauke Petry, the new leader of the AfD. Photo: Lukas Schulze/picture alliance/dpa

Germany's AfD heads right with new leader

Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ousted its co-founder and frontman Bernd Lucke on Saturday to elect a new leader from its right wing, signalling a shift in focus to immigration from its anti-euro origins. READ  

Extreme heat causes Autobahn to rupture
A fissure on the Autobahn near Heidelberg. Photo: DPA

Extreme heat causes Autobahn to rupture

The heatwave sweeping across the country may have Germans flocking to the sea this weekend, but the extreme temperatures are also causing Autobahns to break apart. READ  

Nazi island resort to be turned into luxury flats
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Nazi island resort to be turned into luxury flats

A vast Nazi mega-complex meant as holiday homes for German workers and later used by the Soviets as a Cold War barracks is about to be turned into luxury flats. READ  

Greece crisis
'Bundestag must vote on new bailout': Schäuble
A poster of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in Athens reads "For five years he has sucked your blood. Now tell him NO." Photo: DPA

'Bundestag must vote on new bailout': Schäuble

UPDATE: Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Friday that there would be no quick release of bailout funds to Greece after the country's referendum on whether to accept its creditors' terms on Sunday. READ  

Activists give Dalai Lama 80th birthday stamp
The new Deutsche Post stamp showing the Dalai Lama. Photo: DPA

Activists give Dalai Lama 80th birthday stamp

Pro-Tibet activists have created a new limited-edition stamp featuring the Dalai Lama to mark the Tibetan spiritual leader's 80th birthday. READ  

Women's World Cup
'Germany will crack England': top coach
Star striker Celia Sasic. Photo: DPA

'Germany will crack England': top coach

The manager of European champions FFC Frankfurt told The Local he expects Germany to beat England in the third place play-off in the Women's World Cup, and predicted his protege Celia Sasic will grab a goal or two. READ  

NSA surveillance scandal
Calls grow for govt to act on NSA spying
Chancellor Angela Merkel, the highest-profile German victim of NSA spying, speaking on the phone. Photo: DPA

Calls grow for govt to act on NSA spying

Green Party security expert Konstantin von Notz told The Local on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel is failing to restore faith in the German-US partnership following fresh spying revelations. READ  

Germany reach semis of beach volleyball worlds
Ilka Semmler and Katrin Holtwick. Photo: DPA file

Germany reach semis of beach volleyball worlds

Germany's top beach volleyball pair are storming the world championships in Holland and prepare to face Brazil in the semis on Friday. READ  

Environment minister blasts Merkel, colleagues
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. Photo: DPA

Environment minister blasts Merkel, colleagues

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks loosed a broadside against her cabinet colleagues on Friday in a guest article for Die Welt, saying that they had decided to do too little to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in a way that would cost too much. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Police seize pensioner's WW2 heavy weapons haul
National
How to survive the Europe-wide heatwave
Sport
Is Schweini already out of the door at Bayern?
Politics
How German media shaped the Greece crisis
National
Car assembly robot crushes worker at Volkswagen
Rhineland
Weathermen red-faced over heatwave snow warning
Society
An eye for an eye? Mum protects child in playground with pepperspray
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's final day in Germany
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's second day in Germany
National
Queen Elizabeth II's first day in Germany - as it happened
National
Bus passengers tell fake racists where to get off
Politics
What's really in the Queen's handbag?
National
Germans say USA doesn't respect freedom
National
Yes, you CAN buy adult e-books before 10pm in Germany
VIDEO: Watch a 93-metre turbine crash to earth in slow motion
Gallery
Who's got a shot at the German Film Awards
Rhineland
Anger over 'child-free' beer garden
National
How do you do, Majestät?
National
Man defends right to pee in public with tear gas
Features
The Germans who won Waterloo for the British
Frankfurt
Should Germany ban circus animals?
Hamburg
Where people are having the most sex in Germany
Culture
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Not this student...
National
Dresden's three-decade-long red light
Politics
Upper house calls for gay marriage now
Berlin
Berlin named 3rd-best city worldwide
Sport
In search of the toughest firefighter
Business & Money
German firms shine for European engineering students
Gallery
Hitler's paintings up for auction
National
German's 70-year search for murdered US pilot
Politics
What the G7 leaders agreed at Elmau
Business & Money
What really makes Germans happy
National
Playmobil builder leaves worldwide legacy
National
The car share that became a drug run
Politics
What Snowden revealed to Germany
Rhineland
Why wolf cubs are being raised by hand
National
Hitler's booze cave found
National
Environment makes Germany worth living in
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

6,912
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd