Mystery of dead 12-yr-old found in suitcase deepens with eerie 0 and 1 placed on her
PARIS, FRANCE: Authorities have launched a murder probe after the body of a 12-year-old girl was found in a suitcase with cuts across her throat and mysterious numbers placed onto her with a "device."
The young victim, identified only as Lola, was discovered in the plastic suitcase near her building, as Paris police detailed her disturbing injuries. CCTV footage reportedly showed the youngster wearing a white outfit and carrying her school backpack while walking behind a female suspect wearing a green hooded top and light trousers at 3.20 pm on Friday, October 14. The suspect, who allegedly dumped the body in a suitcase, was later seen buying a croissant and carrying on with her day.
Speaking to BFMTV, a local witness said he had seen the female suspect, who is now in custody, walking around with a heavy suitcase two hours after the surveillance cameras caught her with Lola entering the building. "We saw her entering in the building she [the suspect] was alone, and she came out a little later. We saw her half-an-hour later with the suitcase, she was speaking to everyone, she looked a little crazy," the unnamed witness said. "She was struggling to carry the suitcase, we thought it was because it was heavy items and she was quite slim - we never thought it was a body. It was 5pm and she was walking around with that suitcase, she even left it outside a café and went to the bakery opposite to buy a croissant as it nothing had happened."
Lola was reported missing by her parents Friday afternoon after she did not return home from her school, College George-Brassens, in Paris. She was later found hog tied with a slit throat and squeezed into the plastic suitcase at the bottom of a building at 11 pm that day. The next day police revealed mysterious numbers "1" and "0" were placed on her body via an unidentified "device." BFMTV clarified that the numbers were "placed" on her body and not drawn or scraped on her skin.
🟠 INFO @CLPRESSFR— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) October 15, 2022
Le corps d'une adolescente née en 2010 a été découvert cette nuit dans le 19e arrondissement de Paris.
Il était dans une valise.
Elle avait disparu hier après midi alors qu'elle rentrait du collège.
La brigade criminelle est saisie de l'affaire. pic.twitter.com/gbULYp3jtT
The report stated that a post-mortem conducted Saturday afternoon, October 15, determined that Lola had died from asphyxiation. She was found with a fatal wound to the throat and sellotape across her face. Police revealed how Lola's father -- a caretaker for the building where she disappeared from -- became concerned after the little girl did not come home after leaving school at 3 pm on Friday. Her worried mother Delphine Daviet went to the police station at 5 pm to report her missing. The caretaker reviewed CCTV footage of the building and told police he had seen his daughter waling in around 3.20 pm in the company of a woman in her twenties who he did not recognize. Tragically, the young girl never made it home, prompting her family to post a public appeal on Facebook, seeking help to find their daughter who they described as a smiley blonde girl with shoulder length hair. They said Lola was wearing white jeans and a hooded white jumper while carrying a grey bag at the time of her disappearance.
A witness told police that the 24-year-old female suspect had asked for help carrying a suitcase that she was struggling with to a nearby car. Around 11.30 pm that night, a homeless man contacted the authorities after allegedly discovering a body under fabrics in a suitcase on rue d'Hautpoul, behind the building from where the young girl went missing.
The public prosecutor's office later confirmed investigators had found signs of struggle in the third basement of the girl's building on rue Manin, where a cellar sellotape and a box cutter were found. Authorities informed the 12-year-old's parents of her death on Saturday at 2 am. The prosecutor's office also revealed that six people were arrested in connection with the case, including the female suspect carrying the suitcase and the homeless individual who contacted police. However, the man is not a suspect in the case, BFMTV reported. Meanwhile, an investigation for "murder of a minor under the age of 15" remains active.