Police file murder and rape charges after discovery of missing girl’s body
Police on Thursday charged a 41-year-old man with murder and rape of nine-year-old Anna J. who went missing in the Prague neighbourhood of Trója in October. Her body was found some 800 metres from the place where she was last seen. The man has been the main suspect in the case ever since his DNA was found on the girl’s abandoned schoolbag.
The girl was reported missing on October 13; she was last seen by her friends when she was walking home from school. The police searched the area many times but only found her schoolbag, her plastic bottle and her set of keys.
On Wednesday, police launched yet another search of the largely unpopulated area, covered with overgrown shrubs and bushes. The body was eventually discovered in a 50-cm deep grave. The police said new 3D technology was a key factor, together with warm weather and the fact that the body was partially unearthed by wild animals.