Sunday 25 February 2018

Teenage girl found dead in Germany after kidnappers demanded €1m ransom

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A teenager snatched off the street as she walked her dog last week in Meissen, Germany, has been found dead in an abandoned farmyard near her home.

'Anneli-Marie R' (full name has not been released), was the daughter of a wealthy businessman, and was held subject to a one million euro ransom.

Her parents publicly pleaded for her safe return and a police blackout on the abduction was lifted yesterday, following the breakdown of negotiations with the kidnappers.

Last night it was confirmed that a corpse matching Anneli's description had been discovered in an abandoned farmyard in the village of Klipphausen, which is not far from her home.

"We are working on the assumption it is Anneli," said police spokesman Thomas Knaup.

"Two men have been arrested, one in Dresden, the other in a town in Bavaria."

Both men were captured in raids by squads of armed police.

Media reports said one man was aged 39 and jobless, the other, aged 61, is a metalworker.

Police used sniffer dogs and a heat-seeking helicopter to detect where the body was concealed.

In June in Germany gangsters kidnapped the handicapped elderly son of Reinhold Wuerth, a billionaire industrialist, demanding £1.5 million.

But they later let Markus Wuerth, 50, go free.

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