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Double murder suspect found hanged in shed

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Double murder suspect found hanged in shed
Police in Rosenheim search for the suspect. Photo: DPA
11:47 CEST+02:00
The man who allegedly hanged his three-year-old son and beat the mother to death last month has been found dead, police in the Bavarian city of Rosenheim said on Wednesday.

A body was discovered hanging in a Rosenheim woodshed on Tuesday evening, and investigators are “fairly certain” that it is the 48-year-old suspect in the double murder, a spokesperson said.

A resident alerted police around 6 pm that the smell of decay was emitting from the small building.

Authorities are scheduled to conduct an autopsy on Wednesday to confirm the man's identity, but matching fingerprints have already convinced officers that the corpse belongs to the suspect they've sought for the last three weeks, the spokesperson said.

On August 30 the man's 37-year-old ex-wife was found bludgeoned to death and his toddler hanged at their home in the city southeast of Munich.

Police initially feared that the suspect had fled with two other children, but they were found safe with relatives.

Daily Bild reported that the ex-husband had been released from prison at the start of this year. His wife divorced him while he was in prison. Since his release, he had harassed and assaulted his ex-wife, the paper said.

A team of 60 officers has been investigating the double murder, questioning more than 200 people and collecting hundreds of clues. Police also offered a reward of €10,000 for witnesses to step forward in a piece that appeared on the unsolved crime show Aktenzeichen XY...ungelöst.

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