• Germany's news in English

Police search for missing judge

DPA/The Local · 2 Jul 2010, 11:47

Published: 02 Jul 2010 11:47 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Kirsten Heisig, known across the country for her tough policies against youth crime, was reported missing by a friend on Wednesday, the same day her car was found in Heiligensee.

The 48-year-old mother of two has not been seen since Monday, but Berlin justice minister Gisela von der Aue said that so far there is no evidence of a kidnapping or other criminal activity.

Instead authorities are looking into Heisig’s private background, she said.

Her identification and other personal items were found in her vehicle, which was locked and legally parked.

On Thursday, more than 60 officers and four dogs combed the wooded area near her car, but broke off the search until Friday morning at daylight.

Story continues below…

The judge works in the city’s gritty Neukölln district. There she instituted changes simplifying and accelerating punishment for youth crime. In June the model was implemented city-wide.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

14:23 July 2, 2010 by Gretl
Only in Germany would a search party wear clothes that camoflage. The idea is to be seen by the party they are looking for if they are still alive, and to not lose any of the searchers.
16:46 July 2, 2010 by BobbyDigital
Haha! Good point! And maybe they should spread out a little!
07:01 July 4, 2010 by wetdawg~
Happy fourth of July to me! Thank Gott I live in a Country that does not penalize one for freedom of speech! I can say anything I want in Amerika without fear, as long as I do not hurt anyone physically. But not in Germany! Sieg Heil!
Today's headlines
After July attacks, govt drafts new video surveillance law
Photo: DPA

The Interior Ministry is drafting a law which will enable public spaces to be filmed for surveillance purposes as a reaction to deadly attacks in July, according to a newspaper report.

Eurowings union threatens cabin crew strike for Thursday
Photo: DPA.

A union representing cabin crews on Lufthansa's budget airline Eurowings has announced that strikes will start as of Thursday if ongoing contract negotiations continue to falter.

Merkel: murky internet giants distort perception of reality
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA.

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for internet giants to make public their closely-guarded algorithms, claiming that they are not giving people diverse enough information.

Pegida leader 'paid court costs with group's money'
Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann. Photo: DPA.

The leader of the anti-Islam movement reportedly used money from Pegida's coffers to pay for two personal court cases, German media reported this week.

Anger as Berlin scraps Turkey concert on Armenia genocide
The Dresden Symphony Orchestra. Photo: DPA

Germany's foreign ministry Tuesday scrapped a planned symphony performance on the Armenian "genocide" in its Istanbul consulate, sparking accusations that it was caving in to Turkish pressure.

Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany
President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Berlin trip in 2013. Photo: DPA.

The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital - his last before he leaves office.

Hostility towards minorities 'widespread in Bavaria'
A village in southern Bavaria. Photo: DPA.

Hate and hostility towards groups deemed to be different are not just sentiments felt by fringe extremists, a new report on Bavaria shows.

Hated RB Leipzig emerge as shock challengers to Bayern
RB Leipzig. Photo: DPA

RB Leipzig's remarkable unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season has seen them suddenly emerge at the head of the pack chasing reigning champions and league leaders Bayern Munich.

Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Photo: DPA

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Police outside a building in Jena during raids on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd