Dutch man suspected in 11 y.o. Romanian girl's abduction, murder: report

Update, 18:00, 23 Sept. 2019: Authorities confirm to NL Times that the man wanted for questioning by Romanian authorities for Mihaela Fieraru's murder killed himself in the Netherlands on Monday. 

A Dutch man may be a suspect in the abduction and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Romania. The girl, Mihaela Fieraru, did not come home from school on Friday. Her body was found on Sunday, in a field a few kilometers from her hometown of Gura Sutii, NOS and NU.nl report.

The Romanian police have not confirmed the suspect's nationality, but Romanian media report that he's Dutch based on an unofficial statement from a police officer.

Volunteers, police officers, sniffer dogs, helicopters and drones searched for the girl throughout the weekend. Her plastic-wrapped body was found on Sunday. Her body showed signs of violence - the authorities believe she was raped and strangled. 

Surveillance camera footage from around the girl's school brought three cars into the picture that may have been involved in her abduction. One of these was a car rented by the Dutch man. There was insufficient grounds to arrest him, but he is a suspect, according to NOS. The car he rented is being examined for traces of the girl's DNA. 

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