Children found the body of a woman in the schoolyard of the Marien elementary school in Recklinghausen. (Symbolic image) © Marcel Kusch/dpa/picture alliance
On a school site in Recklinghausen, children discovered a woman's body on Monday (May 22). The homicide squad investigates the cause of death, and an arrest warrant is issued for a suspect.
Update from May 23, 22:10 p.m.: After finding a dead 19-year-old in a schoolyard in Recklinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia, an arrest warrant has been issued against the 17-year-old suspect. The teenager was remanded in custody on suspicion of murder, as the public prosecutor's office in Bochum and the police in Recklinghausen announced on Tuesday.
Murder in Recklinghausen? Prosecutors apply for arrest warrant against 17-year-old suspect
Update from May 23, 13:54 p.m.: The public prosecutor's office applies for the arrest warrant. The authorities see an urgent suspicion and expect a decision by the magistrate on Tuesday afternoon, said the prosecutor involved in the case of the German Press Agency. According to the information, the 17-year-old was initially still in police custody. The investigation into the case continued.
Update from May 23, 12:02 p.m.: After the discovery of a dead 19-year-old in a schoolyard in Recklinghausen and the arrest of a teenager, the public prosecutor's office is examining an application for an arrest warrant. The prosecutor involved in the case told the German Press Agency on Tuesday. The 17-year-old was initially still in police custody. A judge decides whether to issue an arrest warrant.
In the autopsy of the dead 19-year-old, there were signs of a violent death by strangulation, the investigators had announced. The 17-year-old and the 19-year-old are said to have known each other.
Update from May 22, 20:35 p.m.: After the discovery of a dead 19-year-old in the yard of a primary school in Recklinghausen (North Rhine-Westphalia), a teenager has been arrested. There is a suspicion of homicide. In the autopsy of the body of the young woman, there were signs of a violent death by strangulation, as police and prosecutors announced on Monday evening.
Dead in Recklinghausen: Primary school children discover woman's body in schoolyard – suspect arrested
Update from May 22, 19:16 p.m.: After the discovery of a dead woman in Recklinghausen, there has apparently been an arrest. According to a report by Bild, a 17-year-old was arrested by police on Monday evening. He is suspected of killing the 19-year-old. The body of the young woman had been discovered on Monday morning by elementary school children on a school grounds.
According to police, the victim and the suspect are said to have known each other for a long time before the crime. "The investigation into the motive for the crime and the evaluations of the secured traces are still ongoing," a police spokeswoman is quoted as saying in the report.
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Primary school children discover a woman's corpse in a schoolyard in Recklinghausen – identity of the dead clarified
Update from May 22, 14:39 p.m.: The identity of the dead woman has been clarified. It is a 19-year-old, police and prosecutors said. The authorities did not provide information on the cause of death or the time. The homicide squad had been routinely set up because of the unclear situation.
Meanwhile, investigators in North Rhine-Westphalia continue to search for the murderer(s) of a Telekom employee who was shot dead in a Bochum underground car park.
First reported on May 22, 13:54 p.m.: Recklinghausen – Terrible find at a school in Recklinghausen: Elementary school children came across the body of a young woman on Monday morning (May 22). Around 7 a.m., the police were alerted, an emergency doctor determined the death of the woman. The children are said to have initially believed that she was just sleeping, reports Radio Vest.
"We don't know how she died, a homicide squad has been set up and has taken up the investigation," a police spokesman told wa.de.
Primary school pupils find a woman's body in Recklinghausen: police want to clarify identity and cause of death
The identity of the dead is currently just as unclear as the background. How did the woman's corpse end up in the playground of St. Mary's Elementary School in Recklinghausen? There are currently no indications of an accident or suicide, reports Bild. Investigators do not rule out a homicide. In the afternoon, an autopsy will be carried out, the body is already in the forensic medicine.
The dead woman is said to be around 20 years old. However, the police have not yet provided any information on the condition of the body.
Classes at St. Mary's Primary School do not take place today. Parents have been informed via a telephone chain, and pastors are on site for the children.
Other criminal cases have recently kept NRW in suspense: On May 17, a mother was found dead with her two children. In Ratingen, a man blew up his high-rise apartment. Several firefighters were seriously injured in the explosion. In addition, two children killed a 12-year-old girl in Freudenberg. The dramatic act against Luise made headlines for days.