A well-known businessman’s daughter was killed in a case that has gripped Germany over the weekend. The teen was killed during what police are calling a “botched” kidnapping. The 17-year-old student, identified only as Anneli-Marie R, was walking her dog near the family’s home in Saxony when she was abducted. The father got a phone call from her cell phone shortly after she left the house from a man saying that they kidnapped his daughter and demanded a $1.3 million ransom.
According to The Sidney Morning Herald on August 19, it was during that call that her father heard her voice for the last time and the young woman was screaming. Her father ran outside to see if he could find his daughter, but he found her dog tied to the teen’s bicycle and she was nowhere in sight. A second call was the last call the parents would ever get from these kidnappers who claimed they were calling from the Czech Republic. They promised the parents that they would never see their daughter again unless they paid up.
Without any further phone calls coming in from the kidnappers, the family released a statement in which they indicated they would pay the ransom. The statement said in part, “The kidnappers should know that we will fulfill the indicated demands to be able to hug our child soon. Please come forward.” This was indicated in the statement, which was translated from German to English for the press.
They also wrote a few words addressing their daughter. They said to their daughter via the media, “Anneli, we miss you. We are with you.” Police believe that the teen was already dead when the parents released that statement to the media.
Anneli’s lifeless body was found in an old abandoned farmhouse in Dresden after a four-day search that captured the hearts of the nation, according to Yahoo News. Police found DNA on the girl’s bicycle she left behind and it belonged to a 61-year-old known criminal, who police picked up in an adjacent town.
It was when police picked up his 39-year-old known associate that they were led to the location of the girl’s body. The men had killed her after making the mistake of letting her see their face. They didn’t wear masks when they abducted the girl, so they couldn’t take the chance of her identifying the men. “All the prayers and hopes went unanswered and she is indeed dead,” said Dresden police president Dieter Kroll when making the statement to the public that the girl’s body has been found.
According to Mail Online, German law dictates that the full name of the victim or her alleged killers not be released to the public. Police said that they received tips from more than 50 people in this case. The two men who kidnapped the girl are identified as an out of work cook, Markus B., 39, and metalworker Norbert K., 61. Both men have been arrested and charged with her murder.