French police have launched a murder probe after the body of a 12-year-old girl was found tied up in a suitcase in Paris.
Officers in the capital city found the young girl bound up in the luggage, and covered with cuts across the throat. Investigators also found unexplained numbers marked onto the girl using a ‘device’.
It has been reported that the victim was also discovered with her feet and wrists bound, with tape covering her face. She had also suffered from several cuts, which were made to her throat.
Mysteriously, there were also several un-explained numbers found inscribed across her body.
A post-mortem examination was conducted on Saturday, and today it was concluded that the teenage girl had died of asphyxiation – oxygen deprivation.
And according to French broadcaster BFMTV, the numbers ‘1’ and ‘0’ were found on the child’s corpse, as police say the figures had not been written on or cut into girl but were were “placed” on her by a “device”.
However, the officers do not know yet what the numbers mean.
The girl was found outside a block of flats in the French capital’s 19th arrondissement, after her father became concerned that she failed to arrive home from school on Friday.
Her mother then reported her missing to the local police station later that day.
Detectives quickly launched an investigation as signs of a kidnapping were discovered in the basement of the family home, after a woman outside of the building was seen carrying a suitcase.
It was then later found a few streets away in rue d’Hautpoul with the girl’s corpse inside.
According to French media, four people are currently in custody. However, the reason for their detainment currently remains unclear.
Among them is the man who called police after discovering the suitcase.
The investigation into a ‘murder of a minor under 15’ is ongoing.