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Body of girl lost in Baltic landslide found

The Local · 31 Jan 2012, 11:14

Published: 31 Jan 2012 11:14 GMT+01:00

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“There’s a lot of evidence that this is the body of the girl,” said local head prosecutor Ralf Lechte, whose office is handling the investigation.

The identity of the body will now be checked using dental records and DNA evidence, according to authorities. Confirmation will not be available until Wednesday afternoon at the earliest, they said.

Katharina was hiking with her mother and sister on the day after Christmas when the the cliff they were walking on collapsed, and the girl disappeared under tonnes of sand and mud. Her mother and sister were injured in the accident.

Officials have been using heavy machinery for the last month in an attempt to locate the girl’s body, although they have been forced to call of the search several times due to horrific weather conditions.

Following Katharina’s disappearance officials stepped up inspections of cliffs on Rügen and the neighbouring island of Hiddensee, where they have since blocked off large areas of coastline for fear of landslides.

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12:51 January 31, 2012 by twisted
This as just been a terrible story. I hope this gives some peace and rest to the parents of the little girl.
16:08 January 31, 2012 by mshameemahmed
Its very saddest & grief story.., my Condolences to girl parents
17:13 January 31, 2012 by heyheyhey
I do hope that her family can find peace in this horrible tragedy. I will pray that this little girl's mother and sister do not blame themselves for this tragedy and the loss of the little one. May they be surrounded by family, friends, and community for support in their grief.
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