Decapitated female body discovered near Belgian border

Decapitated female body discovered near Belgian border

The dismembered body of a young woman was discovered on Monday in Mont-Saint-Martin (Meurthe-et-Moselle), France, according to the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) of Nancy.

"A dismembered body, headless and naked, was found in the early afternoon by a passer-by near a disused building," Deputy Public Prosecutor Stéphane Javet said. The body of the victim, "a relatively young woman," would soon be autopsied at the forensic institute of Nancy, the OPP said.

“It is a clearly criminal case,” French news agency AFP was told earlier in the afternoon by Catherine Galen, public prosecutor of Val-de-Briey, whose office handed over the case to OPP Nancy.

The judicial police are pursuing investigations following the discovery of the body in the town, which is on the border with Belgium and Luxembourg.

Last Thursday, the headless body of a man was discovered about 50 kms farther south by walkers in the national forest of Moyeuvre-Grande, not far from Val-de-Briey. The victim may have died several months ago, according to Ms. Galen, whose office is handling the case.

Thus far, the two cases are not linked, Ms. Javet said.

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