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Police seek murderer of 11-year-old girl
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Police seek murderer of 11-year-old girl

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

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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.
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