German police investigating death of Mexican students
The body of a Mexican student found dead in a canal in Berlin will be subjected to a post-mortem examination, police said.
María Fernanda Sánchez was studying for a master’s degree in the German capital when she went missing on 22 July.
She was found dead on Saturday by a walker in the Adlershof neighbourhood.
The search for Ms Sánchez had attracted hundreds of people, and Interpol had issued a search warrant.
In a police report, the police said the young woman had left her south-east Berlin student residence on 22 July.
Her parents became concerned when they couldn’t reach her the following day and flew to Berlin to assist in the search.
It was found in her room that she had a laptop and a mobile phone.
A search party was organized and flyers were distributed throughout the city by friends and fellow students.
Ms Sánchez, whose nickname was Maffy, was “in a psychologically fragile situation” when she disappeared, according to German police.
Her father told media in Mexico that his daughter had been in Berlin for five months and that while she was missing her friends and family in Mexico, her friends said she was very positive and full of plans.
There had been 120 tip-offs, according to the police. Her body was discovered in the Teltow canal shortly after her parents attended a vigil on Saturday.
According to a police spokeswoman, there was “no indication of external influences” in the student’s death.
A post-mortem was later announced by officials.