The man suspected of kidnapping a 4-year-old Australian girl, who was camping with her family, “acted alone”, police said Thursday. He must be charged during the day.
The girl disappeared from her tent on October 16 in a remote part of Western Australia. She was found by police on Wednesday at a house in Carnarvon, near where she was staying with her family. A 36-year-old man, who has no connection to the family, was arrested on Wednesday.
Injured after his arrest, the suspect was hospitalized. “He is back at the police station and is being questioned,” said the police commissioner, responsible for the investigation. Police say the kidnapping was unplanned and “opportunistic”.
On October 16, the mother woke up at 6:00 a.m. to find the family tent was open and her eldest daughter was missing, prompting a major search by land, air and sea. The intense research mobilized around a hundred police officers for two weeks.
The disappearance of the girl had aroused immense excitement and a surge of solidarity in Australia.