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Austrian probe into mystery over kidnapped girl's return

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Austrian probe into mystery over kidnapped girl's return


Investigators in Austria are still gathering evidence at the house where a girl was held captive for eight years before escaping on Wednesday and being reunited with her family. Officers are slowly unravelling the mystery surrounding the case of Natascha Kampusch who disappeared at the age of 10 as she walked to school. The victim, now aged 18, was held in a fortified cell that had running water, a toilet, toys, books and a television.

“Natascha hugged me and I hugged her,” said her emotional mother. “She told me I know you never wanted this. I’m so proud of my child that she got through this and managed to escape.”

Natascha’s father says she told him she loved him and asked for her favourite toy car when they were reunited, something he always held onto. The man police believe was the abductor committed suicide soon after her escape. Police say Natascha appears to have developed what is known as Stockholm Syndrome, a condition in which long-held captives begin to identify with their kidnappers.

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