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Police find missing boy Mirco's body

The Local · 27 Jan 2011, 14:55

Published: 27 Jan 2011 14:55 GMT+01:00

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Prosecutors in Krefeld declined to give more details, but police said earlier that the crime had been “solved.”

Police denied earlier media reports that they had been searching for the boy’s body along the A52 and L361 motorways. Daily Bild had reported that the body had already been found near there on Wednesday, the same day police picked up the suspect in the case.

According to daily Rheinische Post the suspect is a 46-year-old father of two from Schwalmtal. He came into police sights through their search for a Volkswagen Passat wagon, a vehicle witnesses reported seeing near where Mirco was abducted.

Police spokesman Willy Theveßen said the suspect had attempted to sell the vehicle abroad.

The boy was last seen September 3 at a bus stop near a skate park in Grefrath, North Rhine-Westphalia, from where he was supposed to ride his bike home. The bike was found by the side of a nearby road.

Mirco's trousers were found in a field in the area, leading police to fear he was the victim of a sexual attack. They also believe the perpetrator lived locally.

Despite several large searches – which included Tornado fighter jets and a drone – police had been unable to find the missing boy.

In October, detectives said they believed they had identified the make of car the perpetrator drove - a VW Passat B6 built between 2005 and 2010 - and were making contact with owners of this type of car in the area.

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The conclusion was reached by corroborating various witness accounts, though the colour of the car had not been ascertained because it was dark at the time of Mirco's disappearance.


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Your comments about this article

15:34 January 27, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
As the father of 12 and 14 year olds I have to remind myself how rare this kind of abduction is.

Thumbs up the reports of witnesses and the police for their persistence.

One curiosity: how does a Tornado fighter help find a missing person?
15:59 January 27, 2011 by The-ex-pat
The Tornado can be used for two things. Firstly, in the early stages of a search it can use infra-red to detect body heat. Even if a body has been dead for a day or two it will still have a slightly different signature to the surrounding area. Secondly, a fast jet can photograph a huge area very quickly to a very high resolution. A couple of trained photo interpretors can search and area that would take ground teams days and days. Unfortunately, it only works if you are looking in the right area and as it would appear from reports that Marco was found quite a distance away, this time it was in vane.

RIP Kleiner.
16:26 January 27, 2011 by loz_adele
Thank goodness they finally found him, this must be a huge relief for his mum in that she will not always have to wonder. What a sad story.
10:07 January 28, 2011 by annan1063
As someone from the USA living here in N-W, I feel very safe myself. BUT, Germans, I implore you, do not let your guard down...

Sadly, this type of crime is common in the States..

Children are not completely safe ANYWHERE!

We live in a very scary world these days and stories like this only serve to prove that fact...
12:11 January 28, 2011 by marimay
Humans have always done terrible things. So, no, the world is not scarier than usual. People are more paranoid though ;)

What bothers me about this story is when the lady found the trousers in the field, she decided to keep them and had them for a few days... what the hell was that all about? I see socks and stuff in the road sometimes.. so? Weeeeird.
04:08 January 30, 2011 by plato1947
We should mourn.
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