World Man charged over missing wedding girl

08:51  04 september  2017
08:51  04 september  2017 Source:   BBC News

New searches for French girl missing at wedding

  New searches for French girl missing at wedding Police reinforcements arrived Wednesday to take part in a fresh search of an area in the French Alps where a nine-year-old girl went missing during a family wedding at the weekend. Another 60 police joined teams on the ground searching around the village of Pont-de-Beauvoisin where Maelys de Araujo disappeared at 3:00 am (0100 GMT) on Sunday morning."We'll be going through every tuft of grass and every nook. The idea is to go over the whole surrounding area with a fine-tooth comb," one of the policemen told AFP without giving his name.

The man was at the wedding during which the little girl – who was attending the event with her parents – went missing , the statement said. The charged man is one of two suspects who were detained Thursday over inconsistencies in their statements, but then released Friday evening.

A photo taken on 28 August 2017 shows an appeal for witnesses poster for Maëlys, a nine-year-old girl who disappeared during a wedding party on 26-27 August in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, eastern France: Maëlys attended the wedding with her parents© AFP Maëlys attended the wedding with her parents A man has been charged with kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl during a wedding in the French Alps.

The man, who has not been named, is one of two suspects questioned over the whereabouts of Maëlys de Araujo.

She was last seen on 27 August in a children's area at a hall in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, north of Grenoble.

Police, search-and-rescue teams, divers and cavers have scoured the area but with no breakthrough.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Grenoble's prosecutor said a 34-year-old man had been charged with "kidnapping, illegal confinement or arbitrary detention of a minor of less than 15 years".

9-Year-Old Girl Missing From Wedding In French Alps Possibly Kidnapped

  9-Year-Old Girl Missing From Wedding In French Alps Possibly Kidnapped Police dogs tracked her scent to a parking lot outside the venue.The area surrounding the venue consisted mostly of dense vegetation. More than 150 police officers and volunteers, in addition to divers, search dogs and helicopters took part in a search of the surrounding forests and streams.

Police search a property in Sydney's west as part of investigations into the 1998 disappearance of a 12-year-old schoolgirl, after a man was charged with her murder yesterday.

A sheikh allegedly officiated over the ceremony and the couple moved into a granny flat at Abdel Ghany's parents' home in south-west Sydney soon after. It is the first time the state's Child Abuse Squad has charged a man with marrying an underage girl .

A group of citizens takes part in a search for Maëlys de Araujo on September 2, 2017 in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, eastern France: Local volunteers have joined the search for the girl© AFP Local volunteers have joined the search for the girl The man, who had attended the wedding, "persisted in his denials and explanations", the statement said, adding "this did not convince the investigative judges, who decided to hold him".

The man is one of two who were questioned late last week over contradictions in their statements to police. They were both later released.

About 250 people have been questioned during the investigation - 180 wedding guests along with guests at two other events nearby.

A source close to the investigation said last week that the area being searched was growing.

Sniffer dogs followed the scent of Maëlys's cuddly toy to a car park, raising fears she was kidnapped and taken away by car.

Search to wind down for French girl missing from wedding .
Authorities searching for a nine-year-old girl who went missing from a wedding in the French Alps plan to scale back their efforts, having found no sign of her since her disappearance last month, a source close to the inquiry said Tuesday. Maelys de Araujo vanished in the early hours of Sunday, August 27, in the southeastern village of Pont-de-Beauvoisin, where she was attending a wedding with her parents. A 34-year-old local man, who was among the guests, was remanded in custody on September 3 on charges of "kidnapping, illegal confinement or arbitrary detention" after the girl's DNA was found in his car.

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