Body found in search for missing German boy

2010-07-23 14:00

The body of a child, apparently bearing a resemblance to a five-year-old German boy gone missing in southern Spain, has been found, a police spokesperson said today.

Divers, teams with dogs and a helicopter were mobilised today near the city of Cordoba as part of a search for the boy, authorities said.

The child was on holiday in the southern Cordoba region with his mother who was found in a state of shock on Tuesday, the civil guard said in a statement.

The spokesperson said: “The body of a minor has been found in the area where the search was carried out. It could be the missing child but we are waiting for his identification.”

The body was found at Espiel, a few kilometres north of Cordoba, at about 11am.

Authorities earlier said the boy’s mother whose identity was not given had been found in shock, “disoriented and with contusions and scratches as well as obvious signs of dehydration”.

She was immediately hospitalised.

The woman told the police she left Germany by car with her son about a week ago but she was unable to say what happened later.

Temperatures in the region soar to 40 degrees celsius at this time of the year.

Witnesses told police they saw the woman on a fishing trip to the local Puente Nuevo lake on Sunday with her son.

Others said she asked residents for help on Monday because her car had broken down. The car was found late on Tuesday near a religious shrine. 

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