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CZECH BORDER – Girl (8) disappeared while hiking

Waldmünchen/Cerchov – Eight-year-old Julia disappeared on Sunday while hiking on the Bavarian-Czech border.

Intensive search measures were in progress around the Czech mountain Cerchov (Schwarzkopf), about two kilometers behind the border, said a spokesman for the Upper Palatinate police headquarters on Monday morning. Two Bavarian police helicopters are on site, and a thermal imaging camera is also in use.

Police spokesman Florian Beck to BILD: “We are currently working with around 30 detection dogs from all over Bavaria to find the girl.”

According to the investigators’ findings so far, the parents from Berlin were hiking with their two children and a nephew on the Cerchov near the Bavarian border town of Waldmünchen (Cham district) on Sunday. The children played and moved away from their parents.

After the parents couldn’t find the children, they called rescue workers. A son and nephew of the family were found again, but the eight-year-old daughter had been missing since the late afternoon.

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According to information from the Czech news agency CTK, around 200 police officers and firefighters are taking part in the search in the vicinity of Cerchov, the highest point in the Upper Palatinate Forest.

“We followed the route on which the family should have moved with the girl, but without success,” said the agency’s police spokeswoman. The search area will now be expanded. The area is forested, at night and in the morning the temperatures were around freezing point.

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