MAINZ, Germany — The body of a kidnapped 17-year-old girl whose captors demanded a $1.3-million ransom has been found in eastern Germany, police said Tuesday.
The teen identified by authorities only as Anneli-Marie R. vanished on Thursday while walking her dog. Her remains were located Monday night at a local farm.
Using the the girl’s own cellphone, the kidnappers spoke to her father not long after she went missing to demand a ransom payment of 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million), police confirmed during a press conference Tuesday.
Anneli-Marie R., 17, went missing on August 13 while walking a dog in eastern Germany. The last call between a kidnapper and father was around noon local time (6 a.m. ET) on Friday, but the culprits refused to supply a proof of life.
Police described the girl’s father as a well-known and well-respected local businessman. They believe money was the main motivation.
Two suspects have been arrested and were being questioned, police said in a statement earlier on Tuesday.
The case made headlines across the country after local media reported the sum that had had been demanded for her return.
Anneli-Marie R. went missing in the countryside close to her home near the city of Meissen while walking her dog, which was found the same evening.
On Sunday, police released a statement by the family asking the public for clues and directly addressing those who had abducted the girl.
“The kidnappers should know that we will fulfill the indicated demands to be able to hug our child soon. Please come forward,” the statement read.