Girl from the Main
Sex Female
Race White
Location Frankfurt, Germany
Found July 31, 2001
Unidentified for 19 years
Postmortem interval 3 days
Body condition Recognizable face(B)
Age approximation 15-16
Height approximation 5'2
Weight approximation 85 pounds
Cause of death Beating

Girl from the Main is the nickname given to a teenager whose body was discovered in the Main River in 2001. Her body showed signs of long-term abuse.


A teenage girl, estimated to be 15-16 years old but looking younger, was found wrapped in a bedsheet and tied to the foot of a sunshade to weigh her down. She had been in the water for an estimated period of 12-24 hours, having died up to three days before.

Her death was caused by blunt force trauma which led to broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and lungs. In addition, she had a number of healed injuries, including broken bones, burns and a cauliflower ear. She had long black hair, and her eye colour couldn't be determined. Both her ears were pierced.

Since a special kind of scarf was found with her body, police speculated that the girl was originally from Afghanistan or Pakistan, but had lived for years in the Frankfurt area, possibly as a servant in a diplomat household. Because of diplomat immunity, these investigations led to nowhere.

The case received a lot of coverage in the German media and is still one of the most notorious Doe cases in Germany, due to the young age and long life of suffering of the victim.


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