‘Child killer’ nabbed in Germany after 27 years

German police have arrested the suspected murderer of a 10-year-old Bavarian girl nearly three decades after he committed the crime.

According to the German news agency DPA, a 58-year-old man was taken into custody in the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein on Thursday. He is thought to have killed Ursula Hermann 27 years ago by putting her in a box where she suffocated to death.

A spokesman for the Bavarian state police would “neither confirm nor deny” any information regarding the arrest, but the authorities have scheduled a press conference for later on Friday.

The murder was one of the highest-profile cases to go unsolved in Germany. The 10-year-old Hermann was abducted on her way home from school on September 15, 1981. Unknown kidnappers demanded two million Deutsche marks in ransom from her parents, but soon failed to make contact.

On October 4, the girl was found dead buried alive in a wooden box in the forest. She supposedly suffered a painful death by asphyxiation due to a faulty ventilation system constructed by her abductor.

The Friday edition of the daily newspaper Augsburger Allgemeinen reported that the suspected killer once lived not far from his victim in a nearby town in Bavaria.