Lina affair: lies at the origin of the suspects' custody?

For the first time as part of the investigation into the young girl who disappeared in Alsace in September 2023, three suspects were placed in police custody this Tuesday, March 26.

Lina affair: lies at the origin of the suspects' custody?

For the first time as part of the investigation into the young girl who disappeared in Alsace in September 2023, three suspects were placed in police custody this Tuesday, March 26.

Lina, a 15-year-old teenager, has been missing since September 23, 2023. Originally from Plaine in the Bas-Rhin department, the young girl disappeared while she was walking to the Saint-Blaise-la-station. Roche where she had to board a train to Strasbourg where her boyfriend lives. Not seeing her arrive, it was the latter who then warned Lina's mother and then the police. A source close to the investigation told BFMTV that the investigators are working hard in this “high-speed investigation”. This Tuesday morning, AFP learned that three suspects were taken into custody today, confirming information from Le Parisien.

According to AFP, a couple was summoned by the gendarmerie and a man was arrested at his home on Tuesday March 26. These residents of the region are the first to be placed in police custody in this case but there is currently no evidence that they are involved in the disappearance of the young girl. Other witnesses have already been summoned but to be heard freely.

According to Le Parisien, these three individuals were summoned due to potential inconsistencies in their schedules. These inconsistencies were noted by investigators on the basis of statements made by these three individuals during their first hearings. The gendarmes are trying to understand why these “inconsistencies” were formulated and if they are not hiding a lie linked to the disappearance of the teenager.

“It’s a 360-degree investigation that requires on-the-ground investigations,” as indicated by a source close to the matter to BFMTV. The media explains that the investigations are continuing in two stages. Investigators are looking at both the field, in particular with one of the favored leads of the investigation since the end of January according to which the teenager got into a gray Clio on the day of her disappearance.

The gendarmes were in fact interested in a 20-year-old man traveling in this type of vehicle and who allegedly approached young girls during the period of Lina’s disappearance. As BFMTV specifies, for the moment, the results of the research surrounding this individual are not known. According to BFMTV, in parallel with the field, the investigators are also closely interested in the “digital environment” of the young girl.

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