Thursday around 8 pm, the gendarmes had been “asked for facts of kidnapping of a young woman of 19 years just committed in Courville”, reported the prosecutor of Reims, Matthieu Bourrette. There, they discovered a very seriously injured 20-year-old man in a vehicle, who died a few hours later.
The prosecution opened an investigation into flagrante delicto for murder and kidnapping in an organized gang overnight. The investigation was entrusted to the research section of Reims.
“Very heavy means” were engaged on Thursday evening by the gendarmerie, “both to find the young woman and to apprehend the perpetrator (s)”, according to the prosecutor. The latter announced Friday in the middle of the morning that the young girl had been “found alive and taken in charge by the services of gendarmerie and the medical services”.
According to General Bruno Louvet, commander of the Marne gendarmerie group, 80 people were mobilized in this department alone, while the searches also extended to neighboring departments.