The body of a teenage girl who vanished after calling her mum to say she’d be home soon has been discovered in a stream.
Victorine, 18, from France, was reported missing on Saturday night (local time) after failing to return from a shopping trip.
According to French newspaper 20 Minutes, after going with friends to the Village de Marques shopping centre in the town of Villefontaine, the university student set off to her family home in the Fougeres district.
Shortly before 7pm, she was seen in the area of the La Prairie stadium, confirmed by the city's CCTV cameras. It is believed she was set to take a bus back to Les Fougeres.
Victorine had phoned her family around 7pm to let them know that she was on her way home.
Since then, she had not answered the phone or sent any messages.
Her sister Romane sounded the alarm, taking to social media to post that she was missing.
On Sunday morning, nearly 200 people took part in a search to find Victorine, described as a pretty young woman with bright eyes and long brown hair who was 1.65 metres tall.
During the search, a bloodhound picked up her scent near the Turitin stream, the outlet of the Saint-Bonnet pond.
A pair of trainers, similar to those worn Victorine at the time of her disappearance, a white handbag and a face mask were discovered there.
According to French newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, police sniffer dogs found the young girl's clothed body nearby.
The steep area meant that the location was "difficult to access", according to investigators quoted in French newspaper Sud Ouest.
“Everything suggests that this was no accident,” Audrey Quey, the public prosecutor in charge of the case, said.
Investigators are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The investigation, opened for kidnapping, illegal confinement and intentional homicide, is now in the hands of investigators from the city of Grenoble.
The cause of death is currently unclear but an autopsy will be performed.
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