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Banker's wife kidnapped

DDP/The Local · 14 May 2010, 09:23

Published: 14 May 2010 09:23 GMT+02:00

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Maria Bögerl, 54, was kidnapped Wednesday morning about 10.35. She is the wife of Thomas Bögerl, Sparkasse banking chief in the Heidenheim region of Baden-Württemberg.

According to daily Bild, Bögerl has spoken with his wife by phone and she told him the kidnapper or kidnappers were threatening to kill her.

A police spokesman said Friday morning that about 300 police were involved in the search, including elite investigators. They were following 35 leads that had come in from the public, though none of these leads was concrete. Police began a search of the massive woodlands in the area on Thursday, he said.

Less than an hour after Bögerl was snatched, her husband received a call from a kidnapper. He was ordered to leave the ransom money on the A7 motorway near Heidenheim, marked with a German flag.

He followed the orders but the money - reportedly several hundred thousand euros - was not collected.

“Despite all the demands being fulfilled, there was no handover,” an investigator told Bild.

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Maria Bögerl’s black Mercedes A-Class car was also missing.

Police released an appeal made by the Bögerl family: ''Please give us back our beloved mother and wife, safe and sound. We desperately appeal to your humanity.''

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

18:34 May 14, 2010 by grazhdanin
that's an advantage of being poor - one's wife will never be kidnapped
18:37 May 14, 2010 by Henckel
It's probably the work of an extreme-left group that doesn't really have any interest in the money -- if this is true, then they're in it for the ideology.
18:50 May 14, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"It's probably the work of an extreme-left group that doesn't really have any interest in the money -- if this is true, then they're in it for the ideology. "

Brilliant deduction, Sherlock ... er... Glenn. Jeezuz H. Christ!

I was thinking it was the work of the German Tea Party, myself.
19:59 May 14, 2010 by peter douglas
The chicken are coming home to roost.
23:32 May 14, 2010 by PRESS3
only mr martin zoller from switzerland the famos Psychic can help to fined her, he found few importent pepole that was kidnaping with his six sens ability, i read also in his new book "Hellsichtig" how he finde a missing plain in the jungels after everybosy thoght that the people died and he save them. he is very well knon on this , he works with the police all the time.
01:26 May 15, 2010 by SamuelClemens
A banking chief's wife driving only an A-Class? Seriously?
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