It is still unclear whether the body found yesterday in the Esslingen district is the missing 16-year-old girl from near Stuttgart. A spokeswoman for the Reutlingen police said early on Friday night that the female body would be identified this Friday.

To clarify the circumstances of death, a special commission with 35 officers was set up, said the police headquarters in Reutlingen and the public prosecutor’s office in Stuttgart on Thursday evening. Whether the body found in the Lenningen municipality in the Esslingen district was the 16-year-old from Remshalden in the Rems-Murr district, neither the police nor the public prosecutor’s office wanted to confirm when asked by the dpa.

Tips about anonymous hint system

The teenager had disappeared over a week ago. She left her parents’ house on January 24, but instead of going to her school, she took the train to Kirchheim unter Teck. From there she boarded the Teckbahn in the direction of Lenningen. After that, their trail was lost. “According to our information, the missing person deliberately did not go to school on Tuesday – she probably told schoolmates that,” said a police spokesman.

Most recently, the investigators had set up a so-called anonymous tip system, with the help of which witnesses can easily report via the Internet. A man was identified as a witness yesterday, the spokesman said. He got on the train with the missing person and could possibly provide information about where the girl wanted to go. The person concerned is not a suspect.