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article imageWalkers find body of 12-year-old girl in the Galician countryside

By Anne Sewell     Sep 23, 2013 in Crime
Santiago De Compostela - The girl's adoptive parents had reported her missing only a few hours earlier. While there was evidence of violence, investigators say the girl had not been sexually assaulted.
Walkers in a woodland area in Cacheiras, in the Teo district outside Santiago de Compestela, discovered the body of the 12-year-old girl on Sunday.
La Voz de Santiago (in Spanish) said that according to investigators with the Civil Guard, it is probable that the child died of asphyxiation, and an autopsy was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Police officials suspect strongly that the girl died in a different scenario than that in which her body was found. At first it was thought that she may have been sexually assaulted, but this has since been ruled out.
El Correo Gallego (in Spanish) reported that the case was placed under judicial secrecy order and is in the hands of Judge José Antonio Vázquez Taín.
The victim, of Chinese origin, was the adopted daughter of a well-known couple in Santiago and was a noted student at the Rosalia de Castro.
She had disappeared on Saturday around 20h00 after spending the afternoon with her mother. At 22h00 the parents reported her missing to the police. Three hours later her body was found.
So far there have been no leads or arrests in connection with the incident. The Mayor of Teo, Martiño Noriega expressed the need to work with Justice and Civil Guard "because the important thing is to know what happened."
He also conveyed his condolences to the family of the child. The mayor described the event as "dramatic" and expressed his confidence that a positive outcome would be reached.
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