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Mass DNA test in hunt for woman's killer

The Local · 29 Mar 2012, 17:06

Published: 29 Mar 2012 17:06 GMT+02:00

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Parts of the mystery woman have been found over the past three months in the Tollense Lake in north east Germany – but crucially her head is still missing and police have been unable to identify her.

Public prosecutor in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania Beatrix Komning said the victim was probably between 40 and 55, and the police suspect she was killed by someone she was in a relationship with.

The authorities are therefore taking cheek swab samples from men in the region aged between 50 and 70 and started on Thursday in Neubrandenburg.

The DNA collected will be compared with a sample found on the plastic bags in which the body parts were taken to the lake.

The search for the woman’s head was abandoned on Wednesday after teams had worked through the Tollense Lake and the nearby Mühlen Pond with no success.

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18:51 March 29, 2012 by The-ex-pat
The male population should take note of what happened in Gütersloh when a mass DNA check was carried out to catch the murderer of a pensioner . Those who refused, for what ever reason, be it liberties, trying to hide other crimes or those who resented the finger being pointed because they where male, where all arrested on suspicion of murder so that the DNA could then be obtained. Quite a few sued. It was thrown out by the judge with the reason of why would you not want to help the police solve the crime. My father in law gave his sample even though he was in France at the time, could prove it as it was the easier option than trying to have his proof checked. Incidentally the crime has never been solved. The courts are still arguing about what should happen to said mass samples that did not produce the killer.................
04:03 March 30, 2012 by HHayrider
I wonder if the police will use the DNA to check other outstanding cases. I mean since we have it, why not use it?

Will it be for this crime only, or to start a new, registered database for possible future matches?
09:39 March 30, 2012 by raandy
I can understand both sides of this. But Murphy's Law comes to mind with all that DNA they collect,if anything can go wrong it will.

I would cooperate with the test as apposed to being arrested on the suspicion of murder,I do not doubt your post ex -pat but shouldn't they have more evidence than your refusal to take the test before they arrest you on suspicion of murder?
10:12 March 30, 2012 by The-ex-pat
@ raandy

When you read both links, your will see why this one came to the press, however the basics of what I wrote are to be found. The actions of Herr Schöpf (right or wrong) resulted in being arrested for murder because he refused to give a sample, the test was negative.


11:25 March 30, 2012 by raandy
Thanks expat, that was interesting and informative, albiet, scary.I would have never believed the police could do that, the guy should have dropped the knife when told to do so,however and merely refused the test. The fact that the prosecutor wants to continue the charge as refusing a police order, and the threat with the knife is somewhat reasonable but the knocking out and the force removal of the DNA is unreasonable in my mind. The arrest for murder upon a refusal of the test gives the authorities more sway than I would like to see.
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