Main suspect released in high-profile Berlin case over missing girl

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Berlin prosecutors on Friday withdrew a warrant for the detention of the brother-in-law of a teenage girl who went missing in February in a case that has gripped Germany.

A 15-year-old girl, Rebecca, disappeared on Feb. 18, following extensive search with dogs and boats, carried out over weeks in woodlands and in a lake in Brandenburg, the state bordering Berlin.

The police assumed she had been killed.

Some 1,900 tip-offs from the public have been received in this case, which has repeatedly made front-page news in Germany since the disappearance.

Police, soon after the disappearance, identified Rebecca’s brother-in-law as the main suspect after his car was picked up by an automated system on the motorway between Berlin and Poland, on the day of her disappearance.

The 27-year-old man, who has not been named, had been in police custody while investigations continued since the beginning of February.

Prosecutors say they now have reason he was not involved in her disappearance.

Police detained the man twice, initially on Feb. 28, when no arrest warrant was issued and again in early March after a judge ordered his detention for investigation.

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