Hungarian police believe that a body found in the river Danube Thursday evening is that of Ophelie Bretnacher, a French visiting student who went missing in December in Budapest, police told MTI.
The daily Nepszabadsag online quoted Budapest police chief Gabor Toth as saying that according to preliminary data there is no sign of possible crime.
"On the basis of her physique and clothing it is very probable that the body of Ophelie Bretnacher was found", he told Nepszabadsag online.
He said that it is apparent that the body had been in the water for over two months. Police have ordered a DNA-test, Toth said.
Ophelie Bretnacher was a visiting student at Budapest’s Corvinus University of Economics. She went missing in the early hours of December 4, after she left a bar alone in downtown Budapest. Surveillance cameras could follow her as far as the Chain Bridge across the Danube. Her bag and mobile phone were found on the bridge by two Italian students a couple of hours later.
A seven-member Hungarian police team was set up to investigate the case. They questioned dozens of people.
Hungarian Danube river police and the French Rhine River Police Force had searched the riverbed with a special, high-performance sonar device.