Search at night too: eight-year-old girl is still missing

The hiking weekend with the family turns into a terrible drama: the eight-year-old girl who disappears on the German-Czech border on Sunday has still not shown up. Hundreds of emergency services continue to search for her at night despite adverse circumstances.

In the search for the missing eight-year-old girl from the Berlin area in the border area between Bavaria and the Czech Republic, a so-called Alpine task force is now to help. The police officers, who are specially trained for operations in the mountains, come from southern Upper Bavaria to the Upper Palatinate, said a police spokesman in the morning. The search continued during the night, it said. So far, however, there has been no new information or knowledge as to where the eight-year-old could be. Several hundred emergency services from the Czech Republic and Germany – police officers, mountain rescue workers and firefighters – had used helicopters and dog teams to search for the student in the mountainous and wooded area. The search will therefore continue throughout the day.

The child has been missing since late Sunday afternoon. A family from the greater Berlin area hiked on the Czech mountain Cerchov (Schwarzkopf) at the weekend, the area is about two kilometers from the Bavarian border town of Waldmünchen. In addition to their two children, the parents also had a nephew with them. According to the information so far, the adults lost sight of the three children who were playing in the forest. The couple’s six-year-old son and nine-year-old nephew were eventually found, with the eight-year-old daughter missing.

The police assume no crime and that the eight-year-old has got lost. “It is difficult terrain, there is deep forest all around,” said Czech police spokeswoman Dana Ladmanova. The girl’s family is looked after by psychologists.

Foresters and employees of the Bohemian Forest National Park (Sumava), who are familiar with the impassable and sometimes rocky terrain, also help in the search. The Sumava National Park borders the oldest German National Park in the Bavarian Forest. According to current information, a total of around 800 emergency services on the Czech and German sides were involved in the search between Sunday afternoon and Monday evening.