French schoolgirl found dead in suitcase hours after parents reported her missing

The body of a missing school girl was found on the streets of Paris stuffed inside a suitcase, with cuts to the throat and mysterious numbers “placed” on the remains.

CCTV has now emerged of a female suspect, who was the last person to be seen with the child, with residents later telling local media they saw her acting “a little crazy”.

Multiple suspects have been arrested in the murder investigation that followed the discovery of the dead 12-year-old, who was last seen around 3.20pm on Friday, before her body was located at around 11.30pm that night.

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Her parents reported her missing that evening when she failed to return home from school.

The arrested suspects include a woman unknown to the victim’s parents, who was captured on CCTV with the child inside the family residence that afternoon, as well as the man who found the suitcase just streets away, according to local media outlet BFMTV.

The image of a female suspect unknown to the victim’s mother was shared on her Facebook after CCTV footage showed her entering the building with the child. Credit: Facebook/ Delphine Daviet

Residents told the outlet that they saw the woman captured on CCTV enter the building, and leave with a suitcase she struggled to carry, while “acting a little crazy”.

They added that the woman spoke to many people and then went to buy a croissant across the road “as if nothing had happened”.

The child was found inside the suitcase, bound, and with significant throat injuries hours that night, on rue d’Hautpoul in the northeastern 19th arrondissement.

The report said the numbers “1” and “0” were “placed” on her body, not drawn on with a marker or via scarification.

The suitcase containing the body was found on rue d’Hautpoul, just streets away from the child’s residence. Credit: Google Maps

Investigations were launched after evidence of the kidnapping and struggle were found in the basement of the building, Fox News and Sky News reported.

The victim’s mother posted an image of the female suspect on her Facebook appealing for assistance to locate her daughter, prior to the news of her death.

The family was informed of the incident around 2am on Saturday.

Reports state that the girl likely died of asphyxiation, although the exact cause of death is still unknown. The murder investigation remains underway.

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