The body of a 17-year-old German teen was found after kidnappers demanded a $1.3 million ransom from her wealthy father. Despite the parents’ promise to pay the money, the girl’s captors ultimately killed her.
According to the Huffington Post, the German teen has been identified as Anneli-Marie R.. She went missing on Thursday, having reportedly been kidnapped while walking her dog in the city of Meissen in Germany.
Shortly after the disappearance of the German teen, the kidnappers called her wealthy father to demand ransom money of $1.3 million, or €1.2 million. While speaking to the captors, the father could hear the screams of his daughter, Anneli, in the background. Police believe she died shortly after the phone call.
The father of the German teen spoke to the kidnappers a second time the following day, at noon on Friday. He and his wife promised them the money, pleaded for their daughter’s life, and asked for proof that Anneli-Marie was still alive. The captors refused to provide that proof, possibly because the German teen had already been murdered.
Her parents released a heartbreaking statement on Monday, saying, “Anneli, we miss you. We are with you… The kidnappers should know that we will fulfill the stipulated demands in order to be able to have our child back in our arms soon.”
But not long after the second phone call to the captors, the body of the German teen was found in a farmyard in the village of Klipphausen, according to the New York Daily News.
“We are working on the assumption it is Anneli,” said Dresden police spokesman Thomas Knaup.
But the story doesn’t end there. The kidnapper’s decision to use the phone of the German teen to make the ransom call may have been a serious mistake. Police were able to use cell phone technology to track the device and link it to two male suspects. Along with DNA evidence from the bike of the German teen, the authorities had enough evidence to arrest the man, ages 39 and 61, for kidnapping and murder.
The suspects were apprehended by an entire squad of armed police, early on Tuesday morning. The 39-year-old man is unemployed and the 61-year-old is a metalworker.
The Mirror reports that police believe the kidnappers panicked and killed the German teen when they realized they had not worn masks at the time of the kidnapping, fearing they would be identified by the girl if they released her back to her family.
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[Image credit: Dresden Police]