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Mass search in France for girl, 17, missing while jogging

By AFP
09 November 2021   |   6:57 pm
Some 200 French police were on Tuesday searching for a girl aged 17 who went missing while jogging in a forest in the northwest, sparking new fears about the safety of young women.

French Laval’s attorney Celine Maigne gives a press conference in Laval on November 9, 2021, after the first searches of a 17-year-old missing girl. – About 200 French gendarmes are on the ground on November 9 in the morning to try to find a 17-year-old girl missing since the day before. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

Some 200 French police were on Tuesday searching for a girl aged 17 who went missing while jogging in a forest in the northwest, sparking new fears about the safety of young women.

Investigators were using data from her running app which showed that the girl’s workout had stopped abruptly in a rural area in the Mayenne region of northwest France.

Regional prosecutor Celine Maigne said that she had opened a kidnapping probe but added that “no line of investigation” was being ruled in relation to the teenager’s face.

A man who had given incoherent statements was arrested late on Monday but Maigne did not rule out that he could soon be released.

Some 200 police joined the search for the girl, who has not been named by the authorities after her parents raised the alarm on Monday evening when she failed to return from her afternoon jog.

Her father visited the area where she was known to run but was unable to find her.

According to data downloaded from the Strava running application that she used, the young woman ran just 1 kilometre compared with her usual loop of five kilometres before coming to a halt in Bellebranche forest.

Her father found various personal effects belonging to his daughter, which are being examined, said Maigne.

She described the girl as “perfectly focused, cared-for, sporty.”

France Bleu local radio said that a telephone and earphones — with traces of blood — had been found in the area.

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