The final image of a 12-year-old girl discovered dead inside a suitcase in Paris has been revealed in CCTV footage taken moments before her death.
A homicide investigation has been launched into the death of the girl – known only as Lola – after her body was found tied up inside the plastic suitcase close to her home in the French capital late on Friday night.
The victim was discovered with her feet and wrists bound, tape around her face and multiple wounds to her throat, just hours after she was reported missing by her parents.
She also had the numbers ‘1’ and ‘0’ imprinted on her lifeless body, not painted or carved, but placed by a ‘device’, according to the police source quoted by the French broadcaster. BFM TV.
An autopsy on Saturday concluded that she had died of suffocation.
Chilling footage from security cameras has now emerged which showed the young girl, dressed in a white outfit and carrying what appears to be a school bag, enter her building behind a woman who witnesses claimed was later seen carrying the suitcase.
The suspect, dressed in white trainers, light leggings and a gray jumper, walked through the door closely followed by Lola, who was seen wearing an all white outfit and carrying a bag.
Lola is seen partially hidden by the door as she follows her suspected killer, pictured in the center. The suspect is seen wearing a gray shirt, white leggings and trainers. Lola quickly followed her into the building
Lola is pictured in this CCTV footage, still wearing a white coat and carrying what appears to be her school bag
The name of the deceased has not yet been revealed – she is referred to only as Lola
The tragic girl was found on Friday evening outside a block of flats in the French capital’s 19th arrondissement after she had been reported missing by her mother when she did not come home from school.
Police told French media that they had uncovered signs of a kidnapping in the building’s basement and were launching a murder investigation.
Detectives are now reviewing CCTV footage which showed the suspect standing outside Lola’s building with a suitcase.
The security camera clip also showed the suspect entering Lola’s building, closely followed by the young victim, at 3:20 p.m.
Officers believe the suitcase seen on the CCTV footage is the same suitcase found later that evening containing Lola’s body, just a few streets away on Rue d’Hautpoul.
A resident who lives in the area told BFMTV that he saw the suspect dragging the suitcase about two hours before Lola’s disappearance.
“We saw her walking into the building, she was all alone… we saw her half an hour later with a suitcase, she was talking to everybody a bit, she seemed a bit crazy,” the resident said.
He went on to claim that the suspect left the suitcase in the street while she casually strolled into a patisserie and bought a croissant before dragging it away.
‘She was struggling to carry the suitcase, we thought it was because it was heavy stuff and she was quite slim – we never thought it was a body… It was 5pm and she was walking around with that suitcase she even left it behind. outside a cafe and went to the bakery opposite to buy a croissant as if nothing had happened,’ the witness claimed.
Lola’s body was discovered on Friday night by a homeless man who saw an abandoned suitcase on the street
The girl was found outside a block of flats on Rue d’Hautpoul (pictured) in the French capital’s 19th arrondissement after she was reported missing by her mother when she didn’t come home from school
The schoolgirl’s face was covered with tape, her feet and fists were bound and she had suffered multiple wounds to her throat, according to reports.
The victim’s mother, Delphine, went to the police at 5pm on Friday night when she became concerned that her daughter had not returned home and subsequently posted a desperate appeal for help on social media.
Delphine posted a photo of Lola, which was accompanied by the following message: ‘Our daughter Lola was last seen at 3.20pm in the company of a woman we do not know at our residence.’
The surveillance footage from the entrance to the building only captured Lola following her suspected killer into her block.
Less than six hours later, a homeless man contacted police after he allegedly tripped over the suitcase and discovered the body inside at around 11.30pm on Rue d’Hautpoul – just a stone’s throw from the victim’s home.
Police have arrested several people, including the female suspect who was seen carrying the suitcase and the homeless man who reported finding Lola’s body.
The State Attorney confirmed to BFMTV that signs of a struggle had been discovered in one of the basement rooms of Lola’s building.
Parisian officials indicated that staff and students at the Georges-Brassens school where Lola attended would receive psychological support, as well as neighboring schools in the area.