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Man arrested in Spain on suspicion of murdering Leipzig hitchhiker

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Man arrested in Spain on suspicion of murdering Leipzig hitchhiker
Photo: Sophia L. police handout
12:07 CEST+02:00
A 28-year-old student from Leipzig intended to hitchhike to her hometown in Bavaria when she went missing. A man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of murder, German media report.

Authorities in Spain have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of 28-year-old student Sophia L.

A police spokesman in Leipzig confirmed the arrest but gave no further details about the identity of the man. Several German media outlets have reported that he is a 40-year-old truck driver.

Sophia L. was last seen on Thursday when she left Leipzig to hitchhike to her home town of Amberg in northern Bavaria.

According to Spiegel, investigators believe that she was murdered. They have since searched a stretch of woods near the A9 autobahn in Bavaria.

The student reportedly rode the S-Bahn from her Leipzig home to the nearby town of Schkeuditz where she talked to several people asking for a ride. Police say that she got into a truck at around 6pm and has not been seen since.

The missing student's brother has told the media that she sent an innocuous-seeming SMS to several friends at around 7.45pm.

Her family reported her missing on Friday after she failed to arrive home.

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