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Police hunt tourists who vanished from 'Disney' castle

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Police hunt tourists who vanished from 'Disney' castle
Neuschwanstein castle. Photo: DPA.
09:58 CEST+02:00
Police are searching the greater Schengen area outside Germany for a couple who went missing a month ago at the iconic Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria.

Police in Schwangau, Bavaria said on Monday that officials have widened the search for the two Chinese tourists to the Schengen area as the couple have now been missing for a month.

The married couple had been visiting the Neuschwanstein castle, inspiration for Disneyland’s famous Sleeping Beauty Castle, on July 2nd as part of a group touring Europe.

Husband Sihong Chen, 37, and wife Xiaoxia Chen, 39, had gone to the castle independently from the group and then never returned to the tour group’s bus.

 Photo: Schwangau Police.

Police and search parties have been looking for the couple ever since the travel group reported them missing, using helicopters, sniffer dogs, divers and thermal imaging cameras throughout the area and nearby lakes.

So far there has been no evidence of an accident or criminal activity, police said, and they cannot rule out that the pair may have somehow fled.

“That is a possibility that is becoming ever more probable,” said a police spokesman.

Police said they are continuing to search for clues from the local community.

Neuschwanstein castle was built by the Bavarian 'Mad King' Ludwig II in the late 1800s and is visited by more than one million tourists each year, most notably from China.

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