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Kidnapped teenage girl found dead in Germany

A ransom for her safe return was set at over €1 million.

Image: Saxony Police

GERMAN POLICE INVESTIGATING the kidnapping of a teenage girl have confirmed her body has been found.

The girl, identified as Anneli-Marie R, went missing last week and a ransom note demanding €1.2 million ($1.32 million) emerged after her disappearance.

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle is reporting that her body was discovered last night near the city of Meissen, in eastern Germany. More than 1,200 people had been involved in the search.

Her father is a wealthy businessman.

Police told a press conference in Dresden they have arrested two suspects, aged 39 and 61.

Officials said there was no indication of a sexual assault, but noted the 39-year old suspect was allegedly connected to an earlier sexual offence, as well as arson and insurance fraud.

According to Deutsche Welle, preliminary reports show the girl was likely killed on Friday. She went missing last Thursday while out walking her dog.

- with reporting from AFP

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