Vermisste 17-Jährige in Sankt Augustin tot aufgefunden

Missing 17-year-old girl found dead : Police arrest suspect in Sankt Augustin

A missing 17-year-old girl from Unkel has been found dead in a council-run shelter for homeless people and refugees in Sankt Augustin. Police have arrested a suspect and set up a murder squad.

On Sunday evening, a missing 17-year-old girl was found dead in accommodation in Menden in which homeless people and refugees are housed, police spokesperson Robert Scholten told the GA following a request for information. A suspect was arrested. He is a 19-year-old with a German passport who was born in Kenya. A murder squad is investigating suspicions the 17-year-old from Unkel was killed.

Her parents had reported the teenager missing on Friday lunchtime. A large number of fire fighters and police first searched for the girl in Meindorf on the A59. Rescue divers from Cologne and Bonn also took part and searched for the 17-year-old girl in a small lake on the street “Auf dem Mirzengrehn.”

The fire brigade was alerted at around 5pm because walkers had found some of the 17-year-old’s clothing on the banks of the lake close to the Penny Markt on Johann-Quadstraße. According to GA information, the suspect and the teenager had previously been in contact on social media. However, a WDR report said the 17-year-old had told her parents she wanted to meet a girlfriend. She contacted friends several times by mobile phone in the two days following her disappearance.

The fire brigade said around 200 emergency personnel took part in the search, including a hundred police officers and dogs. The search was called off at around 8.15pm because the 17-year-old had been found “at another location” said the fire brigade.

Officers found the dead girl at around 8pm in the neighbouring district of Menden. The refugee home is situated at the edge of an industrial estate that is poorly lit at night, next to a railway track. After a forensics team had been deployed, the 17-year-old’s body was taken from the shelter in a hearse in the early hours of the morning. The fire brigade called in an emergency pastoral care team to care for relatives.

Original text: Translation: kc