Sunday 11 December 2016

Remains of Peggy Knobloch (9) who disappeared 15 years ago discovered in German forest

Published 05/07/2016 | 19:41

Portrait of alleged murder victim Peggy Knobloch on a memorial stone. AFP PHOTO / JENS-ULRICH KOCH
Portrait of alleged murder victim Peggy Knobloch on a memorial stone. AFP PHOTO / JENS-ULRICH KOCH

Human remains found in a forest in Germany have been confirmed to be those of a nine-year-old girl who went missing 15 years ago.

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Peggy Knobloch disappeared in 2001.

German prosecutors have confirmed that DNA test have shown conclusively that the bones found in the remote forest are those of the missing child, Telegraph reports.

A mushroom picker discovered her remains in the woods, located just 10 miles from her home in Bavaria.

Peggy went missing while walking home from school in May 2001. She was last seen about 50 yards from her front door by several witnesses, but was never seen again.

The search for the young girl became international as authorities from both Czech Republic and Turkey aided with the search, as the thought was she had been kidnapped.

(Photo by Seyboldt/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Photo by Seyboldt/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

“Obviously wild animals picked up the scent and dug up the remains,” Thomas Villwock of the local prosecutor’s office said of the discovery.

“They were discovered by a mushroom-picker on Saturday. Personal items were also found that pointed towards Peggy.”

Details of the cause of death are not yet available, although police believe the young girl died elsewhere and her remains were brought to the woods.

A local man with learning disabilities was arrested over her death in 2002.

Named only as Ulvi K under German privacy law, he was jailed for her murder in 2004 but had his conviction overturned in 2014.

It emerged he had been questioned up to 40 times without a lawyer present and only confessed under duress.

Several other suspects have been questioned in recent years about the case.

The case of Peggy Knobloch has been likened to that of Madeleine McCann in Britain; both young girls who disappeared with little clues left to follow up.

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