Peggy Knobloch remains found in woodland

Peggy, dubbed the German Madeleine McCann, went missing on her way home from school in Balvaria in 2001

Peggy Knobloch

by Hannah Mellin |
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The Bavarian state prosecutor in charge of the case has said that the remains found in German woodland are ‘most probably’ those of young girl, who was nine-years-old when she went missing.

After a huge manhunt that drafted in specialists, the army and military planes to help find Peggy there had been no sign or trace of her body – until now.

Investigators and police originally suspected that she had been kidnapped but as time passed their thoughts turned to murder, one man served jail time for her her death but was then subsequently released.

There were also fears that Peggy could have been abducted and taken abroad, a line of enquiry similar to the case of Madeleline McCann.

Members of the public who were looking for mushrooms found Peggy’s remains close to her home in Bavaria.

Peggy Knobloch

The chief state prosecutor, Herbert Potzel, said they were "most probably" Peggy's remains but it was "still not 100% certain".

Investigators will perform DNA tests before making a conclusive announcement.

More than 100 police officers have been sent to the woods to try and find any clues which could help them discover who killed Peggy.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

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