A 14-year-old teenager found drowned in Argenteuil, chronology of a tragedy

Police Illustration. — Franck Lodi

  • A 14-year-old girl was found drowned under the Gennevilliers viaduct. Traces of beatings were found on his face.
  • Two teenagers in his class were arrested in the evening.
  • An investigation for homicide is opened and entrusted to the judicial police of Cergy.

A 14-year-old girl was found drowned dead Monday evening in Argenteuil, in the Val d’Oise, below the Gennevilliers viaduct, has learned 20 Minutes corroborating sources, confirming information from
Europe 1. Two students in his class were taken into police custody, in particular after the testimony of the mother of one of them. 20 Minutes takes stock of the first elements of the investigation.

7:30 p.m., a mother gives the alert

The alert was given on Monday at the end of the day by the mother of the high school student placed in custody: around 7:30 p.m., she called the police to explain that her 15-year-old son and his girlfriend of the same age had confided in her, a little earlier in the afternoon, having hit A., a student in their class on the quai de Saint-Denis, under the Gennevilliers viaduct. According to their account, it would then have fallen into the Seine and probably died.

This confession, she explains, took place around 4:30 p.m., about an hour after their return. She then found them very agitated and noted the presence of blood on the clothes of her son. “The mother of the minor immediately went there and found a glove with a lock of hair”, specifies the parquet floor of Pontoise in a press release. It is on her return that she warns the authorities while specifying that the two teenagers have disappeared. Arriving at her home, the officials discovered a bloody handkerchief at the foot of the building and the stained clothes in the high school student’s room. According to a police source, the mother also said that the glove discovered on the platform belonged to her son’s girlfriend.

9 p.m., the victim’s body discovered, traces of beatings

Half an hour later, the victim’s parents went to the Argenteuil police station to report their daughter’s disappearance. According to a police source, her mother explains that the latter, educated at the Cognacq-Jay high school in Argenteuil, is regularly the victim of harassment. The prosecution does not confirm this element but specifies that his parents feared a runaway.

His body will finally be found around 9 p.m. near the dock indicated by the two teenagers, submerged under a meter of water. Officials also noted the presence of a large bloodstain on the quay. The autopsy should make it possible to specify the causes of death but the examination of the body has already revealed the presence of “blows to the face and to the head”, specifies the prosecution.

2 a.m., arrest of the main suspects

The two teenagers were located at a friend’s house and arrested around 2 a.m. They were remanded in custody. An investigation was opened and the investigations entrusted to the judicial police of Cergy in order to shed light on the circumstances of the tragedy. The three adolescents, specifies the prosecution, were unknown to justice.



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