United Kingdom

Missing German girl, 16, turns up 500 miles away in Paris 'with no memory of who she is'

A German girl who went missing two weeks ago has been found more than 500 miles away in Paris with no memory of who she is or how she got there.

The 16-year-old, who is identified only as Isabella O, was reported missing on March 22 in her hometown of Celle in the German state of Lower Saxony.  

She had online classes in the morning and it was not until noon that her younger brother noticed she was not at home.

Her parents called police to report the high schooler missing after she did not return home for several hours. 

According to statements from her parents, who were at work at the time, Isabella had left the house without taking her keys, wallet or phone with her. 

A German girl who went missing two weeks ago has been found more than 500 miles away in Paris with no memory of who she is or how she got there. The 16-year-old, who is identified only as Isabella O, was reported missing on March 22 in her hometown of Celle in the German state of Lower Saxony

German police began searching for the missing girl, employing sniffer dogs that tracked a route Isabella may have taken the morning she disappeared. However, the tracks were lost in a nearby shopping centre.

Two weeks later, a Federal Criminal Police Office employee from the German city of Wiesbaden noticed a 'striking resemblance' between a girl featured on a police post on Facebook and an unidentified girl who had been found in France. 

According to police, Isabella was found unharmed in Paris - some 800 kilometres (500 miles) from her hometown of Celle - and there was no evidence of a criminal offence

The girl found in Paris was later confirmed to be Isabella. According to police, she was found unharmed some 800 kilometres (500 miles) from her hometown and there was no evidence of a criminal offence.

Isabella's father, Thomas, said she suddenly woke up in France without knowing how she had gotten there and asked for help from local residents.

As she did not have any recollection of who she was, she had to be placed in a foster home. 

German police began searching for the missing girl, employing sniffer dogs that tracked a route Isabella may have taken the morning she disappeared. However, the tracks were lost in a nearby shopping centre. Two weeks later, a Federal Criminal Police Office employee from the German city of Wiesbaden noticed a 'striking resemblance' between a girl featured on a police post on Facebook and an unidentified girl who had been found in France

Isabella, who is currently undergoing medical examinations and receiving treatment, is not allowed to be reunited with family until her condition improves.

Further medical examinations should reveal a possible reason for the memory loss.

Her father blamed the memory loss on stress caused by the Covid-19 lockdown and its impact on her schoolwork, saying that Isabella simply could not cope any longer.

Police spokesperson Brigit Insinger said that the missing persons case is closed for now, despite it still being a mystery how Isabella arrived in France.

'It might sound strange, but that's all for now. If Isabella remembers something and tells us that somebody did something to her, of course we would reopen the case.' 

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