Body of missing Hamburg football boss ‘probably’ found in river

On Thursday police recovered a corpse from the river Elbe in Hamburg, saying that it is probably that of Timo Kraus, Hamburg SV's marketing boss.

Body of missing Hamburg football boss 'probably' found in river
Timo Kraus has been missing since January. Photo: Photo: Hamburg SV Facebook.

A police team recovered the body from the river near the Cap San Diego museum ship at the city’s harbour front after the captain of a ferry noticed it on Thursday morning.

They cautioned that an immediate identification was not possible because the body had been in the water for a considerable amount of time.

But the ID card found on the body belonged to Kraus and the clothes also matched the description of those the football boss had been wearing when he went missing.

On Friday investigators will definitely confirm whether the body belongs to Kraus by matching the teeth with his dental records.

The 44-year-old father of two went missing 11 weeks ago after leaving a riverside bar in the city's port on a Saturday night after meeting colleagues.

He was supposed to take a taxi home, but appears to have later returned to the harbour area, where his mobile phone was last located.

Police have failed to track down the taxi driver who was supposed to drive Kraus home, nor do they have any idea why he might have returned to the harbour front.


Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.