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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Krasnoyarsk Police Believe Body Is Missing 5-Year-Old

Itar-TassPolina Malkova
The body of a young girl was discovered Thursday in Krasnoyarsk, and police said it was likely that of a 5-year-old who went missing last week, Interfax reported.

Police found the body in a deserted part of the western Siberian city, a Krasnoyarsk police spokesman said.

Authorities were trying to identify the remains of the apparently murdered girl, and a police source said the investigation should confirm that they are those of 5-year-old Polina Malkova, Interfax reported.

Malkova disappeared March 19. Krasnoyarsk Mayor Pyotr Pimashkov on Tuesday announced a 500,000 ruble reward for any information regarding her whereabouts.

The case has raised tensions in the city, which has seen several children kidnapped and killed in recent years. Last year, the body of a 9-year-old boy was discovered in a large sewerage pipe a week after he disappeared.

In May 2005, the bodies of five boys, aged 9 to 12, were found in a large sewerage pipe in the same area where the girl's body was found Thursday.