Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Eight year old disappeared – police: "The girl’s chances are going down by the hour"

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Two days ago a girl disappeared while hiking with her family in the border area between Bavaria and the Czech Republic. The emergency services look for her and send an appeal.

The search for eight-year-old Julia from the greater Berlin area, who is missing in the Bohemian Forest, is turning into a race against time, according to the police. “The chances of the girl are decreasing by the hour,” said police spokesman Josef Weindl on Tuesday of the “Passauer Neue Presse”.

“A child can do it for two days without eating or drinking,” he said. The cold is the big problem. In the past few nights, the temperatures have moved around freezing point. The child may have found some protection in a cave. “Every hour is important,” Weindl told the newspaper.

Despite the darkness and cold, the helpers had been looking for the second night in a row in the border area between Bavaria and the Czech Republic. The action should continue on Tuesday – also with the help of an alpine task force that the police headquarters of Upper Bavaria South sent to the region to provide support. More than 30 emergency services had been sent to the Bohemian Forest, said a police spokesman – including service dog handlers.

Julia disappeared since late Sunday afternoon. A family from the Berlin region hiked on the Czech mountain Cerchov (Schwarzkopf) at the weekend, the area is about two kilometers from the Bavarian border town of Waldmünchen. In addition to their two children, the parents also had a nephew with them.

According to the information so far, the adults lost sight of the three children who were playing in the forest. The couple’s six-year-old son and nine-year-old nephew were eventually found, with the eight-year-old daughter missing.

Several hundred emergency services – police officers, mountain rescue workers and firefighters – had been looking for the student in the area on Monday. The emergency services come from both the Czech Republic and Germany. Police helicopters from Bavaria circled over the area in Bohemia, dog squadrons were in action on the ground. In addition, off-road special vehicles were used.

The police assume no crime and that the eight-year-old has got lost. “It is difficult terrain and there is deep forest all around,” said Czech police spokeswoman Dana Ladmanova. The girl’s family is looked after by psychologists.

Foresters and employees of the Bohemian Forest National Park (Sumava), who are familiar with the impassable and sometimes rocky terrain, also help in the search. The Sumava National Park borders the oldest German National Park in the Bavarian Forest. According to current information, around 800 emergency services on the Czech and German sides were involved in the search between Sunday afternoon and Monday evening.

The police appealed to the local people not to search for Julia on their own. “We ask you not to dare to climb the mountain, but to stay down here on the streets and in the surrounding communities to keep your eyes open, simply so as not to put yourself in danger here,” said a spokesman for the police headquarters Upper Palatinate. “Not that we may have to rescue other people from the mountain or even look for them.”

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