Hopes dim as police intensify search for missing girl
After an eight-day nationwide search for a missing 9-year-old girl the police on Thursday reported a breakthrough in the case, saying they had arrested a suspect on the grounds of a DNA test and were renewing an intensive search in the vicinity of the girl’s home.
On Thursday morning the police announced a breakthrough, saying they had arrested a suspect in connection with the case. The man is reported to have a criminal record and his DNA was found to match traces of the DNA found on the girl’s abandoned schoolbag. It is not clear how much the man confessed, but the police have renewed an intensive search for the girl in the vicinity of her Troja home – they are once again using sniffer dogs and have called in the military police for help. On Thursday afternoon the police closed off large parts of the area and dozens of officers armed with shovels started digging for the girl’s body. A police spokeswoman said the army was prepared to provide heavy digging equipment if necessary.