Body found in Nepal identified as German tourist

20th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 February 2006, KATHMANDU - The dead body of a foreign tourist found in a decomposed state in a forest near Kathmandu was identified as that of a German woman, the police was quoted as saying Sunday.

20 February 2006

KATHMANDU - The dead body of a foreign tourist found in a decomposed state in a forest near Kathmandu was identified as that of a German woman, the police was quoted as saying Sunday.

The body was discovered by wood cutters in the forest near the capital on February 11 and forensic tests were carried out to establish the identity.

The independent Kantipur Television quoted police saying that based on preliminary reports the body was that of the missing German tourist.

German tourist Sabine Gruneklee, 31, went missing in the forest on October 15 last year. Another tourist, French woman Celine Henry, 32, also went missing in the same forest on September 3.

The television quoted deputy superintendent of police Pitambar Adhikari who heads the 10-member investigation team as saying, "We have got unofficial information from the forensic doctors that the body was of the German lady."

He said he expected the official doctors' report Monday evening.

According to him, the long blonde hair and teeth simplified the identification process.

The Nepalese online news portal eKantipur reported that the doctors, after reading all the medical reports, informally declared that the body was identified. The post-mortem report prepared earlier failed to identify the body.

The reports of DNA, teeth, hair and bone marrow tests verified the identity of the body, said the doctors, according to eKantipur.

The search for the missing tourists undertaken last year by the Nepalese police and teams from France and Germany found some blood stains in the forest but no sign of the bodies.

According to eKantipur, tests revealed that the blood stains matched those of Sabine whose disappearance was first reported on October 19.

Sabine was to have met her boyfriend at Kathmandu airport on October 18.

According to reports, she was carrying a Jack Wolfskin backpack, debit card, some cash, her ID, a diary and a Canon camera.

Police never recovered the valuables, but her driving license and passport were recovered from the forest during police searches.

DPA

Subject; German news

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