Child murder suspect arrested, as one more body found

Child murder suspect arrested, as one more body found
A memorial set up for the victim. Photo: DPA.
Police on Thursday confirmed they had arrested the young man who is believed to be responsible for the murder of a nine-year-old boy on Monday. The suspect led investigators to a further dead body in an apartment.

Police confirmed late on Thursday that the person they arrested in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia is the main suspect, 19-year-old Marcel H.

Authorities also confirmed that they had found a dead body in an apartment, correcting an earlier press release which stated that two bodies had been found.

On Monday the nine-year-old boy, Jaden, was found dead with stabbing wounds in Marcel H.'s basement in Herne, but the 19-year-old had apparently fled. According to the lawyer for Jaden's family, their neighbour Marcel H. had lured the boy over under the pretext of helping him hold a ladder.

Photos of Marcel H. surfaced online, depicting him with bloody hands next to a body.

The boy's apparent murder prompted a nationwide search, involving helicopters and sniffer dogs. Police received more than 1,400 tips during the course of the search. 

Police said on Thursday that a man went to a snack stand and said: “I am the one they're looking for, please call the police”.

The man also told police about an apartment fire in the town. When officers arrived at the location, they found a further dead body. Police are still interrogating the man.

“[The victim's] family is infinitely relieved and happy that the suspected murderer of little Jaden could be caught alive, and can be given his just punishment,” the family's lawyer told Bild.