German police rescue missing girl, 13

German prosecutors said that police had rescued a 13-year-old girl and detained a man accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing her after they followed up a written plea for help that the child apparently threw out the window.

The man is to appear before a judge today.

The girl had been missing since January 11, when she vanished on her way to school.

Police said that yesterday a man found a note near some rubbish bins in which the girl begged the finder to alert the police.

She included the address where she was being held, only about half a mile from her home.

The 35-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, had been holding her against her will in his Dresden apartment and abusing her for five weeks, said Christian Avenarius, a spokesman for prosecutors in the city.

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