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Searching for clues in the Ayleen case with divers and a sonar boat

Created: 08/17/2022, 4:42 p.m

A drone is also used. © Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa

The location of the girl’s body is once again the focus of the investigation. The operation at the lake in the middle of Hesse should last for several days.

Gießen – In the case of the killed 14-year-old Ayleen from Baden-Württemberg, the central Hessian lake where the girl’s body was found was searched again. The special commission “Lacus” hopes to discover further traces relevant to the crime in Teufelsee, said the police and the public prosecutor’s office.

In addition to the riot police, police divers from Rhineland-Palatinate were deployed, a sonar boat from the German Life Saving Society and a drone.

The mission continues

About 25 to 30 forces were on site, reported a police spokesman in Giessen. Accordingly, they also took the shore and a neighboring lake into account. No new traces were initially found. The mission near Echzell (Wetteraukreis) should last until the end of the week.

“The sonar boat will help us to search the lake,” explained local police spokesman Guido Rehr. “It is possible with sonar technology to scan the bottom of the lake and find anomalies there.” Those spots would then be marked and divers would be taken there to see if there was anything relevant to the investigation on the bottom.

Suspect denies the crime

A 29-year-old with a criminal record from the Lahn-Dill district in Hesse is suspected of having killed the 14-year-old. The student’s body was found in Teufelsee. According to the investigators, the urgent suspicion against the man is based in particular on the evaluation of mobile phone and cell phone data. In addition, Ayleen’s personal belongings were found in the 29-year-old’s apartment. The man denies the crime.

Riot police officers search the shore of the Teufelsee. © Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa

The investigators assume that the girl died in Hesse. The investigations, initially conducted by the public prosecutor’s office in Freiburg, are now the responsibility of the public prosecutor’s office in Giessen. The investigators are currently looking for witnesses who can say something about a silver-gray car in which the suspect is said to have been traveling. dpa

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