(CNN)A 16-year-old German girl who ran away from home in 2016 and allegedly joined ISIS has been found alive in Iraq, the German government confirmed Monday.
The sources added that the women have now been moved to Baghdad and are under interrogation.
Wenzel was named on Monday by the German Foreign Ministry, which said a second German national was among those detained.
“From what we know, she is physically fine,” Dresden prosecutor Lorenz Haase told CNN when asked about Wenzel’s condition. “However we do not know how she is psychologically.”
Haase does not yet know if Wenzel will return to Germany and said she could be put on trial in Iraq.
“If she is proven to be a member of ISIS her case will go to the general federal prosecutor in Germany,” he said.
Wenzel’s parents first alerted the police that Linda had gone missing in July last year, Haase confirmed.
When police learned that the teenager might have converted to Islam and ran away to join ISIS, the case was handed over to the prosecutor in Dresden.
However, the investigation was dropped after Wenzel’s whereabouts could not be determined.
“Now that Linda is identified as the missing girl from Pulsnitz, we will reopen the investigation today or tomorrow on the suspicion that she may have been supporting a terrorist organization or was planning an attack against a foreign state,” said Haase.
“However, we do not know what happened to Linda after she disappeared in Istanbul last year in the summer. We do not know who she was in contact with, what she was doing or whether she was involved in criminal acts or even fighting with [ISIS].
‘I just want to leave’
Iraqi journalist Amir Musawy visited Wenzel last week as part of an investigative team reporting for German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcasters NDR and WDR. According to Musawy, he was the first journalist to gain access to the teenager since she was discovered.
Wenzel had a gunshot wound on her leg but was able to talk and answer questions, Musawy told CNN. He witnessed her being offered medical treatment.
“It seemed to me as she didn’t fully understand what happened to her or what she did,” he said.
According to the report, Wenzel was a good student who was radicalized quietly.
She suddenly began listening to Arabic music instead of rap and eventually started wearing a headscarf, the report says.
The report says that Wenzel met her future husband — an ISIS fighter — online. After traveling to Istanbul in early July 2016, she says she was taken against her will to Mosul. She married an ISIS soldier who was killed soon after, according to SZ.
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