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Germany: 2 more bodies found in crossbow deaths case

May 13, 2019

A bizarre case in Bavaria continues to develop. After three people were found dead in a hotel room accompanied by two crossbows, now two further corpses have been discovered at the home of one of the first victims.

A house in Wittingen is blocked off with police tape
Image: picture -alliance/dpa/C. Gateau

German police said on Monday they had found the corpses of two women in an apartment belonging to one of three people who were found dead, pierced by crossbow arrows, on Saturday in a guesthouse in the southern city of Passau.

A spokesman for state prosecutors in Passau said the two dead women were found in the town of Wittingen in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony. One of the victims in the Passau deaths, a 30-year-old woman, lived in Wittingen, according to prosecutors.

The identity of the women found in Wittingen and any possible connection to the events in Passau have still to be established, police said.

Three crossbows

The mystery began on Saturday when an employee in the guesthouse in Passau found three guests — a 53-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman — dead in a room with crossbow arrows in their bodies. The 53-year-old was lying on a bed hand in hand with the 33-year-old, while the 30-year-old was discovered on the floor.

The guesthouse in Passau, back view
The guesthouse owner said the three victims had wanted to stay three nightsImage: picture-alliance/dpa/L. Mirgeler

Investigators initially found two crossbows and later another one in a bag. Preliminary investigations discovered no indications of the involvement of anybody else in the deaths.

It also remains unclear how the dead people, who had checked in on Friday, knew each other. Both the 53-year-old and the 33-year-old came from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, according to prosecutors. Results of an autopsy are to be made known on Tuesday.

tj/msh (dpa, AFP)

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