German woman accused of killing a doppelganger to fake her own death
And their daughter was suspected of killing her — potentially to fake her own death, police and prosecutors say.
The case of the German Iraqi woman living in the southern city of Ingolstadt, named as Shahraban K. by the German newspaper Bild, has shocked many in Germany. Her parents had traveled from Munich to Ingolstadt to find her after she stopped answering their calls – and found her car and body on August 16.
The police launched an investigation and issued initial statement for murder, saying the woman appeared to be the “victim of a violent crime.” But doubts quickly arose over her identity as DNA and fingerprint evidence from the victim did not match that of the missing woman and as police heard “rumours” that the missing woman had been seen driving around the local area, the spokesman said police Andreas Aikele in an interview.
A day later, police discovered “completely new circumstances” in their investigation and arrested the missing 23-year-old, along with a 23-year-old man from Kosovo, on suspicion of murder. the police said in a statement.
The victim is listed in the German media such as Algerian Khadija O, also 23, who investigators say looked “strikingly similar” to the missing woman.
Authorities did not provide a motive for the killing at the time.
They now believe the suspects devised a plan to find someone who could pass for the young woman “who wanted to go into hiding due to a family dispute” and therefore decided to fake her own death, according to a statement released by the prosecutor on Monday.
Police say they believe that the suspect “talked to several young women” who looked similar to her online and tried to lure them on a date through false promises.
On August 16, the two suspects traveled to the Heilbronn area, in the neighboring state of Baden-Württemberg, to pick up the victim from her home, police said. They then took her to a wooded area and stabbed her several times before driving back to Ingolstadt, where they left the body in the back of the car.
While the two suspects, now 24, have been in custody since August on suspicion of murder, a district court issued arrest warrants late last week for them in connection with the more serious offense of murder, which carries a life sentence.
The investigation continues.
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