A police hunt that involved taking DNA samples from hundreds
of male pupils and staff at a French school where a
16-year-old girl was raped last September failed to uncover
the assailant, according to a statement from prosecutors.
The victim was attacked in the dark in the toilets at the
1,300-pupil Fenelon-Notre-Dame Catholic secondary school in
the town of La Rochelle in western France last September, and
was unable to identify her attacker.
However, police managed to retrieve samples of the person's
DNA, their genetic 'fingerprint', from her clothing, and
prosecutors decided to order mass DNA tests six months later
in an effort to track down the assailant.
Police carried out 539 tests last month on schoolboys,
teachers and staff who they believed could have been in the
school at the time of the attack, but all were negative.
Prosecutor Isabelle Pagenelle said nonetheless that the
investigation was continuing, with new lines of inquiry.