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Teen Kidnap Victim Was 'Picked At Random'
A man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl from her home in southern France stumbled on his victim by chance, prosecutors have said.
Chloe Rodriguez was found tied up in the boot of a car hundreds of miles away in the German city of Offenburg, close to the French border, on Friday.
Her disappearance from Barjac in the Gard region on November 9 sparked a nationwide hunt.
The teenager's scooter was discovered outside the family home, with most of her belongings still under the seat except for her helmet and mobile phone.
At a press conference in Offenburg on Monday, local prosecutor Herwig Schaefer said the suspect had been driving a stolen car searching for a victim and came across the girl by chance.
"By chance at that moment she was coming home, he saw her and decided to kidnap her," he said, adding that the suspect had provided very little other information to investigators.
The 32-year-old driver of the car is being held by police on suspicion of kidnapping and is facing extradition to France.
An official close to the investigation told the Sipa news agency that the suspect was already known to police.
The teenager was taken to hospital after she was found and her parents said she was strong, but exhausted, according to reports.
Violette Rodriguez, her mother, described the day as "beautiful".
Chloe survived by never defying her accused captor, according to her father, Jesus.
The family said she had memorised details about the man, his car and its number plate. She had also listened to radio reports about the police search, according to reports.