A 19-year-old native Kenyan with a German passport has been arrested after a teen girl was found dead in an asylum centre near Bonn. Police suspect that the girl was murdered, but need to investigate further.
The parents of the 17-year-old girl reported her missing on Friday. According to broadcaster WDR, she had gone to visit a friend, but never arrived there.
She visited the two-years-older African teenager in an asylum accommodation in Sankt Augustin before her death, a police spokesman said on Monday morning.
The suspect led the police to the location of the body. The 19-year-old told the investigators that the adolescent is lifeless “in his apartment,” according to a statement by police and prosecutors. Police do not exclude the murder was the result of a ‘relationship act’.
After the girl’s disappearance, at least 150 police and firefighters searched for her, the police said. The emergency services searched with ten divers in a lake, with a drone including a thermal imaging camera and a helicopter of the Federal Police.
She was found dead at around 8 pm on Sunday evening as search teams had been following clues from passers-by who had seen the girl’s clothes and handbag next to Sieglar Lake in the afternoon.
The refugee home is located on the edge of a dimly lit commercial area next to a railway line. After using forensics, the girl’s body was taken from the property to a funeral car in the early morning.
The consternation in the hometown of the young girl in Rhineland-Palatinate is high. The mayor of Unkel, Karsten Fehr, told Bild:
“We are shaken, the whole region is paralysed. It is quite dramatic when parents have to bury their child. “An act of violence as cause is particularly terrible.”
Investigators announced they will give more details on the criminal case later.
Source: Voice of Europe