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    Kenyan Man Detained as Missing 17yo Girl Found Dead at German Migration Centre

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    The 17-year-old from the German town of Unkel went missing late last week, when she reportedly told her parents that she would meet her female friend in Bonn but never made it to her friend's house.

    The body of a teenage girl has been found inside an asylum centre in the western German town of Sankt Augustin, Deutche Welle quoted local police as saying.

    The girl's belongings were found by police on the banks of a lake located near the asylum centre.

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    Police said that they had opened an investigation and arrested a suspect in connection with what they suggested could be a relationship act-related murder, according to Bild.

    The General-Anzeiger newspaper, in turn, cited a police spokesperson as saying that the suspect is a 19-year-old German national, who also has a Kenyan passport.z

    Earlier, the teenager's parents said that she had been missing since last Friday, when she planned to meet her female friend in Bonn but never arrived.

    Police said that that they would give further details, including the nationality of the teenager, later on Monday.

    The developments come as European countries, including Germany, have been fighting a migration crisis due to the influx of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.

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