19-year-old Maria Ladenburger from Freiburg in southern Germany was found dead in a river on October 16. On Friday her suspected killer was arrested. A 17-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan, and he has admitted to the murder, writes Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Maria Ladenburger was found dead in the river Dreisam in Freiburg, after she had been to a party. By the river her scarf was found and a partially bleached hair of 18.5 centimeters, which was expected could be hair from the murderer, but DNA tests gave no results in the police database.
Through surveillance footage from the area and investigations online, police were able to get an overview of Maria Ladenburgers last hours. She had left the party at 2:40 at night and was on her way home on a bicycle when she was subjected to rape and a violent crime that led to her death, said David Muller, who led the police investigations, in a press release.
Surveillance footage revealed, among other things, that the suspect had a very special hair style that could match with the hair that was found at the crime scene. On Friday, the 17-year-old asylum seeker was arrested and DNA samples from him matched with a series of samples from the crime scene, including the hair. He has since admitted to the crime.
The 17-year-old asylum seeker had lived with a family in Freiburg, who had taken him in. He had previously no criminal record.
Maria Ladenburger was a medical student and daughter of Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, who is assistant to the chairman of the Legal Department of the European Commission.
May be connected to a second killing
Also a 27-year-old woman was in early November raped and murdered in the town of Endingen near Freiburg. She had been jogging when the crime took place.
Police are now going to find out whether the 17-year-old asylum seeker could be involved in both murders.
The investigators, however, stresses that there is currently no link between the two killings, writes Süddeutsche Zeitung.
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