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French girl found tied up - but alive - in trunk after routine traffic stop

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Chloe Rodriguez, 15.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET Sunday: During the seven days that 15-year-old Chloe Rodriguez, of southern France, was held captive, she memorized details – her kidnapper, his car, its license plate -- but she did not try to defy the man's orders for fear of being killed, metrofrance.com reported.

Chloe was found in Germany, tied up in the trunk of a car Friday afternoon after police stopped her kidnapper during a routine traffic stop, RTL.fr reported. She had disappeared the week before, on Nov. 9, after leaving her home by scooter to go to a friend’s house.

Her scooter was found six miles away with her all belongings except for her helmet.


Chloe was hospitalized Friday after being found. Her parents told reporters that she is doing well, but that she has cried a lot, according to RTL, and that she was physically exhausted.

The kidnapper, described as a 32-year-old man from the Gard region in southern France where Chloe lives with her family, was detained at a German jail in Offenbourg.

According to local news reports, the man had been released from jail in September after being convicted in May 2009 of physically and sexually assaulting six women. Those women had been, like Chloe, traveling alone on the streets of their rural community, either by foot or bicycle.

Jean-François Corral, the suspected kidnapper's lawyer said, according to midilibre.fr, that he had undergone the recommended psychiatry in prison. But he did not check in with his probation officer after his release.

He explained how his client assaulted the six previous women: He would force the victims into his car and show them pornographic images while caressing them.

“Each time that a woman would fight him, he would go away,” Corral said, according to midilibre.fr. “But he never went to the end.”

Violette Rodriguez told reporters Friday that she was elated by the news. “Today is too beautiful. There will be two birthdays for my little Chloe,” she said in French.

She added: “This man who did her so much harm -- there is justice, and justice will be rendered. But I thank him anyway, because he kept her alive.”  

Chloe returned home by TGV -- France's rapid train system -- Saturday after spending the night in Germany at the police station. In the car ride home from the station, her mother, Violette Rodriguez, covered her teen daughter with a blanket to protect her. They were escorted down a small rural road by a police motorcade.

Her father, Jesus Rodriguez, told reporters that his daughter told him that she never contradicted her captor and that she had come to understand his triggers, according to lexpress.fr.

"She told us that she was able to have a dialogue with this man, and that she obeyed all his orders," Jesus Rodriguez told reporters outside their home.

Cheers erupted in the village where the family lives. Residents were relieved after a week of combing the back roads and the many abandoned stone houses that make the region seem so picturesque and innocent.

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