A female suspect who allegedly dumped the body of a 12-year-old girl in a suitcase went to buy a croissant as if nothing happened, it is alleged.
The young girl, identified only as Lola, was discovered in a suitcase near her building in the French capital as Paris police described her horrific injuries.
A local witness told how he saw the suspect – who is now being held by police – walking around with a heavy suitcase.
“We saw her enter the building, she was alone, and she came out a little later. We saw her half an hour later with the suitcase, she was talking to everyone, she looked a little crazy,” the witness told BFMTV.
“She was struggling to carry the suitcase, we thought it was because the items were heavy and she was quite slim – we never thought it was a corpse.
“It was 5pm and she was walking around with this suitcase, she even left it outside a coffee shop and went to the bakery across the street to buy a croissant as nothing had happened.”
Lola was reported missing by her parents on Friday afternoon after failing to return from school in Paris.
The schoolgirl was tied with a pig and forced with her throat slit into the plastic suitcase on the floor of a building at 11pm on Friday, police said.
It was announced on Saturday that mysterious numbers – “1” and “0” – were discovered on her body.
According to BFMTV, the numbers were “placed” on her body – meaning they weren’t painted or scratched on her skin.
A post-mortem conducted on Saturday afternoon to pinpoint the deaths revealed that Lola had died of asphyxiation, according to AFP.
The young girl was found with a serious wound on her neck and tape on her face, police said.
Lola’s father, who is the caretaker of the building the 12-year-old disappeared from, began to worry when the little girl didn’t return home after school at 3pm on Friday.
At 5 p.m., her concerned mother, Delphine, went to the police station to report her missing.
She then posted on her Facebook page asking for help locating her missing daughter, who she described as a smiling blonde girl with shoulder-length hair. Lola wore white jeans, a white hooded sweater and a gray bag.
The little girl’s father allegedly told police he saw his daughter in the presence of a woman in her 20s – whom he said he did not know – in CCTV footage of their building around 3:20am.
Footage revealed the young girl entered her building but never made it home, a source close to the case is quoted by L’Avenir as saying.
According to a witness, the suspect had asked her for help carrying a suitcase, which she was struggling with, to a nearby car.
At around 11.30pm, a homeless man contacted police after allegedly discovering a body under cloth in a suitcase on rue d’Hautpoul, a few blocks from where the young girl went missing.
Prosecutors confirmed that signs of a struggle had been discovered on the third basement floor of the girls’ house on rue Manin, where cellar tape and a box cutter were found.
The 12-year-old’s parents were notified of her death at 2am on Saturday.
Six people have now been arrested in connection with the case, including the woman who struggled to carry a suitcase and the homeless man who alerted police, prosecutors said.
After the news, mourners left flowers and messages in front of their building.
A letter, written by another young girl and adorned with pink hearts, read: “You Lola, my friend since kindergarten, all these memories that come to mind when we liked to dress up in princess dresses and when we did loved to annoy your brother. Despite the time that will pass, I will never forget you. RIP”.
An emergency psychological support unit was set up at Lola’s school, where parents told BFTMV they would not leave their children unaccompanied.
BFMTV has reported that the man is not a suspect in the case.
The Paris public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the “murder of a minor under the age of 15”.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6454157/suspect-bought-croissant-after-allegedly-carrying-girl-body/ Female suspect dumped body of 12-year-old girl in suitcase, then went ‘to buy a croissant like nothing happened’