Body of missing Mexican woman is found floating in a Berlin canal

Body of missing Mexican woman, 24, is found floating in a Berlin canal

  • María Fernanda Sánchez’s body was found in a canal in Berlin on Saturday 
  • The 24-year-old Mexican student had been missing since July 22
  • Sánchez was in Berlin studying for a master’s degree program in  media design

The body of a Mexican woman who disappeared in Germany late last month was found floating in a canal.

Authorities said the body of María Fernanda Sánchez, 24, was spotted by a person who was walking along a bridge in the Berlin neighborhood of Adlershof on Saturday.

In a statement, police said that ‘no third-party blame can be assumed’ and that the investigation was ongoing. 

Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry communicated on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that authorities in Berlin reported the discovery of a deceased woman that fit Sánchez’s description.

María Fernanda Sánchez was found dead in a Berlin canal near a bridge on Saturday. The 24-year-old Mexico student arrived in Germany five months ago for a master’s degree program in media design

María Fernanda Sánchez was reported missing July 23, a day after she is said to have left the student residence in the Berlin district of Treptow-Köpenick

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said last week that he was going to ask German Frank-Walter Steinmeier to step up effort for the young woman’s search.

Sánchez, who was known to her friends as ‘Maffy,’ graduated with a degree in Communication from Tecnológico de Monterrey, a private university.

She made the move to Berlin five months ago for master’s degree program in media design at the University of Applied Sciences and was reported missing July 23 after her family contacted the staff at the student residence where she was living after failing to hear from her, according to El País newspaper.

Sánchez was supposed to attend a LGTB+ party July 22, but decided instead to stay in to work on an assignment. She is said to have left the residence, located in the Treptow-Köpenick district, but no one saw her leaving.

Javier Sánchez, the young woman’s father, told the outlet that she lived in a room located in the first floor and that the balcony had a view of the street.

María Fernanda Sánchez was known to her friends as ‘Maffy’ and graduated with a degree in Communication from Tecnológico de Monterrey, a private university

According to El País, María Fernanda Sánchez left her cellphone on her bed and that her personal property in the room had been moved around when police arrived to investigate.

Berlin authorities used dogs from their K-9 units and divers to check waterways in the city. At least 125 volunteers also participated in the search, attaching posters with María Fernanda Sánchez’s likeness.

In the early stages of the search, the Berlin police described María Fernanda Sánchez as a person who was ‘under the influence of exceptional psychological situation.’

But her father said she was just ‘very homesick.’

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