On the 17th of February, 2019, 15-year-old Rebecca Reusch stayed the night at her sister and brother-in-law’s house in Berlin-Britz, Germany. The following day, on the 18th of February, Rebecca did not turn up for school.
Rebecca’s sister, Vivien, and their child left the house at around 7am. Vivien’s husband, Florian, went to check on Rebecca at 7:15am and he claims that she wasn’t there, so he assumed that she had already left for school.
Before Rebecca left, she sent a photo of herself to her friend over Whatsapp (which is something they had been doing regularly). In this photo, she looked as if she was about to leave the house. However, when her friend tried to reply to Rebecca, the message would not deliver.
When Rebecca’s mum also tried to get in contact with her, those attempts failed as well.
Rebecca was reported missing after failing to attend school the next day. Despite police searching for her, no trace of Rebecca has ever been found.
On the 28th of February, 2019, Rebecca’s brother-in-law, Florian, was arrested for the suspected murder of Rebecca due to his statements that had been contradicting the results of the investigation. Florian was eventually released due to the fact that there is a lack of evidence to charge him, but he still remains the prime suspect in Rebecca’s case.
Rebecca’s family don’t believe that Florian is involved in her disappearance, and they have even publicly announced their belief in his innocence. Rebecca’s family instead believe that she is alive, and is being held against her will somewhere.
Rebecca’s family have said that she and Florian were “very close”, and that there would not have been a reason for Florian to have killed Rebecca.
The police have stated that Florian is the prime suspect for several reasons. The first is that Rebecca and Florian were alone in the house at the suspected time of the crime, which has been backed up by Rebecca’s phone and the house’s internet data. According to this data, it is highly unlikely that Rebecca left the house alive.
Florian’s car was also captured on February the 18th at 10:47am and February the 19th at 10:39pm by license plate recognition on the highway between Berlin and Frankfurt. Florian was the only one who had access to the car at these times, so he was the one driving. Florian initially failed to explain to police why he was driving between these locations, but he later confessed to police that he had driven to the Polish border for the drug business. He said that he hadn’t told the police because he was afraid of the consequences. Investigators have said that they believe this was a protection statement, but they have not explained why they think this.
At the time of her disappearance, Rebecca was between 170cm-180cm tall and had blue eyes and brown shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a white BTS “Rap Monster” hoodie, blue jeans with ripped knees, a light pink plush jacket, and black Vans trainers. Rebecca was also carrying a red Vans backpack and a big beige-pink handbag.
If you have any information regarding Rebecca’s disappearance, please get in contact with the German police.
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