The 59-year-old collided with another car driven by a 27-year-old woman on a straight road near Dolle on Sunday morning. Both drivers were killed, but as police investigated the accident they also discovered the naked body of a woman in the boot of the man's Mazda.
Saxony-Anhalt police spokesman Thomas Kriebitzsch confirmed Monday that the man was a police officer in the Magdeburg area and said an autopsy would be conducted to determine how and when the woman died, and whether she was indeed the officer's wife.
Both police and the public prosecutor's office agree that the woman found in the boot did not die at the accident scene. Her body was found unclothed and there were noticeable injuries to the body.
Kriebitzsch would not say whether a search of the married couple's home in a small village in Stendal county revealed any criminal evidence.