An investigator from the judicial police (illustration). - N. Pastor / SIPA

The investigation is progressing. A man suspected of being involved in the death of a 15-year-old girl, whose body was found in the attic of a burning house in Nantes, was taken into custody on Thursday, the prosecutor's office said. Nantes. "A man was arrested and taken into custody," said a magistrate on duty, confirming information from Presse Océan .

The firefighters discovered on August 20 the body of the young girl when they intervened to extinguish a fire which had broken out in the attic of a house under construction, unoccupied, rue Adolphe-Moitié, between Talensac and the bridge. Saint-Mihiel, in Nantes city center.

She didn't come back after going to pick up a package

"If the death of the young girl is of criminal origin, the fire found is not the cause," said Olivier Bonhomme, deputy prosecutor of Nantes the next day. Two fire starts were noted.

According to the first elements of the investigation, the young girl, who lived about 200 meters away, left her home around 4 p.m. to pick up a package. Her mother was worried around 5 p.m., not seeing her come back. The body was discovered less than an hour later.

Fire intended to "hide traces"

“The crime was therefore committed in a short time. And the fire was undoubtedly intended to hide traces, "said M Bonhomme, adding that" the hypothesis of death by strangulation seems the most probable ".

An investigation for intentional homicide was entrusted to the criminal brigade of the judicial police antenna.


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