why were police custody lifted?

why were police custody lifted

The three individuals placed in police custody on Tuesday were released during the night of Wednesday March 27. What they said furthered the investigation.

As part of the investigation into the disappearance of Lina, a 15-year-old teenager, in Alsace in September 2023, three people were placed in police custody this Tuesday, March 26. A first in the business. The people involved were a couple in their 70s and a man in his 40s. These individuals were summoned by the gendarmes to clarify certain aspects of their first statements, in particular regarding their schedules which seemed to present inconsistencies.

For what result? The public prosecutor, Yolande Renzi, explained in a press release: “The hearings carried out under the regime of police custody, under the sole authority of the investigating magistrates, and concerning three people, are part of this objective aimed at exploring all the avenues useful for the manifestation of the truth, and to consider the relevance of all the hypotheses put forward.

In details, BFMTV specifies that the couple interviewed are among the last witnesses to have seen the young girl. They claimed to have seen the young girl the day she disappeared. The gendarmes wished to return to points in their statements which did not seem to be in agreement with the material elements of the investigation, as specified by the media. Concerning the forty-year-old man, investigators noted inconsistencies in his schedule as well as in his statements. As indicated The Parisian, the three people were released this Wednesday morning for lack of “incriminating evidence” according to a source close to the investigation. This means that the mass of suspicion surrounding the people placed in custody is not consistent enough to implicate them. BFMTV adds that other people were summoned this Tuesday but to be heard freely.

The 15-year-old teenager has been missing since September 23, 2023. She was last seen between Plaine, in Bas-Rhin where she lives, and Saint-Blaise-la-Roche where she was going on foot in direction of the station. The young girl had to take a train to Strasbourg where her boyfriend was waiting for her. Not seeing her arrive, the latter quickly alerted the teenager’s mother and the police.