GermanyA 15-year-old girl who had been missing since Sunday in the German city of Salzgitter (Lower Saxony) has been found dead in a dense area behind a supermarket. The police assume that Anastasia (15) was murdered by two boys, barely 13 and 14 years old. The suspected perpetrators attended the same school as the victim and lived in the same neighbourhood. A third teenager has also been arrested. He would have witnessed the murder.

    According to the newspaper ‘Bild’, 15-year-old Anastasia was last seen near a school on Sunday evening, after which she disappeared without a trace. Friends and family then launched a search message via social media. The police also launched a search on Monday. More than 50 officers combed the area.

    On Tuesday, the police released a search warrant. The large resources were brought out for the search in the Fredenberg district. For example, a drone imaged a densely vegetated area behind a supermarket from the air. Using a thermal camera, he discovered a body. It quickly became clear that it was the missing 15-year-old Anastasia. The girl lived near where they found her.

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    The body was found in a densely grown area behind a supermarket.

    The body was found in a densely grown area behind a supermarket. © Google Maps

    The prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig assumes that Anastasia (15) was murdered by two boys who went to school with her. Police sources have confirmed that the girl died of asphyxiation, according to German radio NDR.

    How exactly she died is still a question mark. The suspects have not yet provided an explanation. They went to school with her and lived in the same neighborhood. According to the prosecutor’s office, there was “a certain enmity” between the suspects and the victim.

    The 14-year-old suspected perpetrator has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The 13-year-old is still too young to be arrested under German law. He was taken to a closed institution for special youth care. According to ‘Bild’, a third teenager who witnessed the murder has been arrested.

    Anyone under the age of 14 is not criminally liable in Germany. From the age of 14, young people are subject to conditional criminal liability.

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