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Body of missing Leipzig hitchhiker found in Spain: reports

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Body of missing Leipzig hitchhiker found in Spain: reports
The gas station in Schkeuditz where Sophia L. was last seen. Photo: DPA
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Sophia L. was last seen over a week ago when she hitchhiked out of Leipzig. According to media reports, a woman’s body found in Spain is likely that of the 28-year-old student.

The body hasn’t been clearly identified but many signs show it is the body of Sophia L., Spanish media reported on Thursday.

Showing signs of violence, the body was discovered on Thursday afternoon at a gas station in northern Spain near Bilboa, the Europa Press news agency reported, citing police investigators.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that a man had been arrested in Spain. He is reportedly from Morocco and is suspected of having killed the student.

German investigators had already assumed that Sophia L. had been murdered. She was last seen at a gas station in Schkeuditz near Leipzig airport on June 14th when she got into a truck after asking several people for a ride. She was attempting to hitchhike to her hometown Amberg in Bavaria.

Since Sophia L.’s disappearance, her friends and family have been subjected to death threats and hate comments.

Her brother, who first reported her missing, said that right-wing groups had been seeking to instrumentalize her disappearance even before there was clarity on the facts.

In a public letter, he wrote: "Sophia would under no circumstances want racist agitation to take place at her expense, as has already happened in some cases".

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