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Austrian teenager found after eight years in captivity

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Austrian teenager found after eight years in captivity


“My name is Natascha Kampusch”. With these words, the eight-year kidnap ordeal of an Austrian teenager was finally over. Pale but apparently in good health, the 18-year-old was found wandering in an eastern suburb of Vienna. Police say a 44-year-old man suspected of being the kidnapper was discovered under the wheels of a train at a station in the north of the capital later in the day.

The teenager has been identified by her father, but experts are waiting for the results of DNA tests. The case of the ten-year-old, who disappeared on her way to school in Vienna in 1998, has been one of the biggest unsolved cases Austria has ever seen. The search for Natascha was carried out on an unprecedented scale and even spread into neighbouring Hungary. In 2004, the Austrian police tried to find out if she had fallen victim to the French serial killer Michel Fourniret, who admitted kidnapping and murdering several young girls in France and Belgium.

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