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xx Natascha Kampusch escapes 8 years of Captivity.
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Amazing that this girl survived! Sometimes the predator will let the victim live like in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, but this is rare.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/03/12/smart.kidnapping/

Girl escapes after being held in cellar for 8 years
By Michael Leidig in Vienna

AN AUSTRIAN girl held prisoner in a cellar for eight years was reunited with her parents last night after making a dramatic dash for freedom.
Police searching for a man suspected of kidnapping Natascha Kampusch and holding her prisoner said that the alleged kidnapper had committed suicide late last night by jumping in front of a train.

Natascha vanished on March 2, 1998, while walking to school in Vienna. She was 10 years old at the time. She reappeared yesterday after leaping out of a black BMW when it was stopped in a routine police roadcheck.

The BMW was caught in traffic in the Deutsch Wagram suburb of the Austrian capital. The delay had been caused by a police routine roadside check a short distance ahead.

Austrian television said that other motorists had raised the alarm when a girl ran from the car and was then seen apparently in some distress in the garden of a house where officers who came to investigate had found her.

Last night Erich Zwettler, a spokesman for Vienna police, confirmed that the teenage girl was “with 98 per cent certainty” Natascha Kampusch, although a DNA test was being carried out. He said that the tests had included an “age progression test” that had been used on pictures of the girl to show how she would look today, and she also been asked questions that only the real Natascha would be able to answer.

Her father, Ludwig Koch, said that he was “overcome” after being told that his daughter had been found. “I can’t believe that after eight desperate years my daughter is finally coming home. If it is true it will be the greatest thing that could possibly be,” he said.

Herr Koch and Natascha’s mother were at the secure location where the teenager was being kept.

Herr Zwettler said that police had chased the BMW across the city but had lost it. It was later found abandoned in a Vienna wood, and the numberplate had been traced to a house in the Donaustadt area of Vienna, which was found abandoned after a police raid.

Last night the house was surrounded by police, and neighbouring homes were evacuated after the teenage girl said that the man had told her that it would explode if he was ever caught. She said that he had not wanted any evidence left to incriminate him.

Bomb disposal squad experts were reported to be at the scene as well as dogs trained to detect explosives. Border control points had also been placed on alert for the 44-year-old man — known only as Wolfgang P. — who is from Lower Austria. It was also revealed that the suspect was someone “who was known to police”.

Police sources said that the alleged kidnapper committed suicide late last night by jumping in front of a train in Vienna, Austrian television said.

Another police source said: “She is white, pale-looking, as if she had been out of the light of day for a long time, but she articulated well.”

“He seems to have made great efforts to keep her away from the outside world,” he said. “She was allowed limited access to the television and radio, and sometimes she was given videos.”

Austrian media reported that the girl had told police that she had been sexually abused and police were investigating her claims, but the motive for the kidnapping remained unclear.

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 25th, 2006, 09:20am »

It's a miracle that Natascha survived! It'll take another miracle for her to get this horrible experience behind her and live a normal life!

DNA tests have proven that the young girl is Natascha Kampusch, who police believed was murdered long ago.
http://www.wienerzeitung.at/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=4082&Alias=wzo&cob=245187 Quote:

Natascha’s long ordeal is over
By Joe Remick

Vienna. A girl kidnapped as a 10-year old Vienna schoolgirl in 1998 has been reunited with her parents as an 18-year old young woman.
Natascha Kampusch’s years as a prisoner of a 44-year old computer technician ended 2 days ago when she managed to flee from the house in the Lower Austrian town of Strasshof where her kidnapper had kept her hostage for the past eight years. Doctors say Natascha appears to be in good physical health and that she has been speaking with specially-trained criminal psychologists about her long ordeal. Police are refusing to discuss any details of abuse which she may have suffered at the hands of Wolfgang P. because of the ongoing investigation into the case. Natascha has been reunited with her family in what police will only say was "an emotional meeting”.

The man accused of kidnapping Natascha is dead. Wolfgang Priklopil fled to Vienna after Natascha escaped. He parked his car in an underground garage in the 22nd district and then called a friend to pick him up. The friend was told that Wolfgang Priklopil was fleeing the police after being stopped for drunk driving. The kidnapper then asked to be let off at a train station in the 20th district where he threw himself in front of a regional train.

Natascha was kept for years in a small concrete pit which had been kitted out with a toilet, bed and shower. She was also told the large house she was trapped in was rigged with bombs which would explode if she tried to flee. Police have found no bombs inside the house.

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