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Pensioner's body found with wife's head encased in concrete

Police suspect a murder-suicide as there are no indication of involvement by a third party.

File photo: Traunsee lake
File photo: Traunsee lake
Image: Shutterstock/Pavel Huspeka

A GERMAN PENSIONER strangled his wife, dismembered her body and encased her head in concrete before dumping the remains in suitcases in an Austrian lake and drowning himself.

A passer-by discovered a suitcase bobbing in the Traunsee lake in western Austria on Sunday.

The suitcase contained human remains and a police dog then found a second one.

Police divers then found a third bag containing her head encased in concrete as well as the body of a man. The remains were identified as that of a woman aged around 70.

The man, whose body was found in around five metres of water, had two bags attached to his wrists containing “commercially available granite stones” and “personal tools,” Austrian police said.

Autopsies suggested that the woman was strangled between December 25 and January 1 and that the man drowned some time later. There was no indication of involvement by a third party.

“We believe first and foremost that (the man’s death) was suicide,” state prosecutor Birgit Ahamer told a news conference.

The man and woman were later identified as a couple in their 70s from near Frankfurt in western Germany.

© – AFP, 2016

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