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Two other Munich women disappeared in the nightlife: Was Sonja Engelbrecht the victim of a serial killer?

2021-11-25T11:18:55.604Z

Sonja Engelbrecht from Munich has been missing since 1995, and a bone could now give investigators the breakthrough in the case. In the 1990s, two more women from Munich disappeared without a trace.



Sonja Engelbrecht from Munich has been missing since 1995, and a bone could now give investigators the breakthrough in the case.

In the 1990s, two more women from Munich disappeared without a trace.

Munich - Sonja Engelbrecht from Munich has been missing for more than 26 years *, and investigators have been hoping for the all-important breakthrough in the mysterious missing person case for a few days.

A year ago, a forest worker discovered a bone in a wooded area near Kipfenberg in the Upper Bavarian district of Eichstätt *, and investigators have now been able to assign it to the young woman from Munich.

The search for Sonja continued on Thursday, was the then 19-year-old victim of a serial killer?

Two other Munich women disappeared in the nightlife: Was Sonja Engelbrecht the victim of a serial killer?

On Thursday, November 25, 2021, 140 police officers went to look for the remains of Sonja Engelbrecht, who had been missing for many years. For the third day in a row, the police are combing the forest about 100 kilometers north of Munich with special search dogs. The day before, no crime-related objects were found, said a spokesman for the Munich police headquarters.

Sonja Engelbrecht has been missing for more than 26 years, and the young woman from Munich was last seen on the night of April 10, 1995 to April 11, 1995.

The thigh bone that was found could now be assigned to the then 19-year-old without any doubt, but the fate of the college student remains unexplained.

A possible theory for the disappearance of the young woman from Munich: Was the then 19-year-old victim of a serial offender?

Missing Kristin Harder: woman gives anonymous information on the phone - but the fate of the Munich woman remains uncertain

Kristin Harder was reported missing in Munich in December 1991. The then 28-year-old met a young man in a bar in Neuhausen on the evening of her disappearance, and the two are said to have moved to the Munich night cafe together. After that, Kristin Harder is said to have planned a visit to Schuhmann's on her own. As the

Münchner Abendzeitung

reports, no one should be able to confirm that the young woman really made it there. Only a few months later, the suspicion for Munich investigators was confirmed: Kristin Harder was the victim of a crime.

In April, the young woman's leg was discovered in Neubiberg. Investigations make it clear: the 28-year-old's leg was previously frozen. As the

evening newspaper

further reported, only a few months later, in the summer of 1992, an arm of the young woman was found in the rake of the Isar power station in Altheim near Landshut. This was also frozen beforehand. However, the fate of the young woman remains unclear, even if investigators suspect Harder's companion at the time. According to the

AZ

,

this man is said to have

also been listed as a suspect.

Shortly afterwards, a woman is said to have reported anonymously to the Munich police. She told investigators on the phone that she knew the murder house. Kristin Harder was murdered in a house on the edge of the forest in south-east Munich, but the woman is not more specific during the phone call. A possible crime scene is never found. Even with this reference, the fate of the then 28-year-olds cannot be clarified.

Richard Thiess, head of the Munich homicide squad until 2014, confirmed to the

AZ

that the companion was considered suspicious for a long time. He is said to have gotten involved in disagreements during interrogation. The man stated that he did not know Neubiberg, and that this later turned out to be a lie. The man's friend only worked around three minutes from the location where Kristin Harder's leg was found, and a chainsaw had disappeared from her brother's garage at the time. But: a hair that was found in the garbage bag together with Kristin Harder's leg cannot be assigned to the 28-year-old's companion at the time. Kristin Harder's body has not been discovered to this day, and the fate of the young woman is still not known.

Bettina Trabhardt is also still missing - the Munich resident was actually too smartly dressed for the beer garden

While investigators were also looking for the missing Sonja Engelbrecht from April 1995, another woman from Munich disappeared in August 1997.

Bettina Trabhardt is also missing to this day.

The 45-year-old, like Engelbrecht and Harder, was also in Munich's nightlife on the evening of her disappearance.

Trabhardt had suggested an evening visit to the beer garden on the answering machine of a friend on the day of her disappearance, but when he called the nurse back, the 45-year-old was already no longer at home.

A neighbor had seen Bettina Trabhardt leave the house around 7 p.m. in a black outfit that was chic for a simple visit to the beer garden.

Since that evening on August 12, 1997, the 45-year-old, who had moved to Munich just weeks earlier, has been missing.

Investigators can only speculate about a possible appointment of the nurse.

No mortal remains have been found to this day.

Sonja Engelbrecht also disappeared in Munich's nightlife - what happened on April night 1995?

In April 1995 Sonja Engelbrecht was also out and about in Munich's nightlife with a friend. While her friend wanted to take the tram home from Stiglmaierplatz, the 19-year-old had planned to call her sister from the telephone booth there. But the sister's phone did not ring that evening, whether the young woman from Munich was approached by a hitchhiker or even dragged into a car remains uncertain to this day.

Although three Munich women disappeared without a trace within six years, investigators had ruled out a possible serial perpetrator theory. In an interview with the

Süddeutsche Zeitung

in 2010, Josef Wilfling, then head of the Munich homicide squad, confirmed: "It's not a serial killer who is going around Munich". Accordingly, in the Harder case, Wilfling had named the companion, who was already suspicious at the time, as the most likely option for the young woman's disappearance. With Bettina Trabhardt, Wilfling is said to have considered a possible suicide.

With the bones found in Bavaria, investigators are now likely to have come a step closer to clearing up the Engelbrecht case.

According to the police spokesman, the forest is huge.

First of all, the emergency services gradually searched the parts of the area that were most likely to be possible storage locations.

From Friday, the weather should then put a spanner in the works for the emergency services.

When the search can continue is still unclear.

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Source: merkur

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