Members of the forensics team investigate the crime scene on the outskirts of Sauerlach. © Vifogra Tiedemann
In broad daylight, a young woman is killed on a dirt road near Sauerlach (Munich district). The alleged perpetrator dies a short time later in hospital, the injuries he inflicted on himself. Investigators are wondering: Why did the 19-year-old have to die?
Sauerlach/Erding – As if nothing had happened, as if a young woman had not even been killed here 24 hours earlier: On Pentecost Sunday, there is no longer any indication of the tragedy that must have occurred on the eastern outskirts of Sauerlach in the district of Munich. A "homicide", as it is called in official jargon, not far from the Cornflower Trail, of which the residents probably did not notice.
Walker: "We didn't notice anything about the crime"
The morning after: A jogger walks past fields and the edge of the forest, a group of walkers from the immediate neighborhood is in a visibly holiday mood. A dead woman? "We didn't hear anything about the crime," they say. "We heard two helicopters and the police cars, of course." They have learned of the crime from the first online reports.
Mayor Barbara Bogner dismayed
It's a pleasant 18 degrees, a light wind blows over the fields. Mayor Barbara Bogner, who lives not far from the school and thus not so far from the scene of the crime, had noticed the increased police volume early Saturday afternoon, the circling helicopters, the emergency vehicles. "But I'm not so sensationalist that I drive after every patrol car out of curiosity," she says dismayed.
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Suspected perpetrator calls the police himself
What happened? On Saturday, a 19-year-old woman was killed in Sauerlach in the early afternoon on a dirt road on the eastern outskirts of the village. The alleged perpetrator had alerted the police at around 14:15 p.m., saying he was difficult to understand. Probably because he himself was seriously injured. Numerous officers rushed to the scene, a helicopter circled over the fields. According to the police, cell phone tracking helped to find the body of the young woman.
Alleged perpetrator dies the next day in hospital
According to a police spokesman, the alleged perpetrator was a 22-year-old man who, himself seriously injured, was picked up near the body and immediately taken by rescue helicopter to a Munich hospital. As the police announced on Sunday evening, he had stated that he had self-inflicted his injuries. In the end, they were so severe that he died in hospital on Saturday evening. The crime scene was reopened on Saturday evening after the fire brigade cleaned it.
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According to the police, the perpetrator and victim are Germans
According to the police, the perpetrator and victim are Germans. The 22-year-old lived in Deggendorf, the 19-year-old came from Munich and lived in Erding. According to police, she was stabbed with a pocket knife that had an eight-centimeter-long blade. The cause of death was stitches and cuts in the upper body. The relationship between her and the suspect was not explained by the police on Whit Monday.
Allegedly quarrel in Sauerlach restaurant
According to unconfirmed rumors, the alleged ex-couple was previously noticed in front of a Sauerlach restaurant, right next to the train station, because they had argued loudly. However, the Munich Commissariat 11, responsible for homicides, continues to investigate. A police spokesman: "Now it is important to understand the background and the motive for the crime."
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