Bones on Sydney balcony linked to German woman
Cleaners made the gruesome discovery while working at the apartment Werner Sextro, who died in September.
Sydney -- A bag of human bones found on the balcony of a Sydney apartment has raised suspicions an elderly German man killed his wife and hid her body there for eight years, reports said Tuesday.
Cleaners made the gruesome discovery while working at the apartment Werner Sextro, who died in September at the age of 78, had shared with his wife Elizabeth, the national AAP news agency reported.
Sextro had told neighbours in 2000 that his wife had returned to Germany to look after a sick relative, police said.
The bag of bones was found concealed under a pile of soil, fertiliser and curtains as cleaners prepared the apartment for new occupants after his death.
Detective Inspector Tim Calman said police had yet to formally identify the remains but were trying to locate Mrs. Sextro's relatives in Germany.
"There are no living relatives in this country -- any links to the family are back in Germany," Calman said, adding that police hoped to identify someone who could provide a specimen for DNA analysis.
Neighbours had no suspicions about the woman's disappearance, he said. "They were all under the impression she had gone back to Germany."
One neighbour told the Daily Telegraph she believed retired factory worker Sextro and his wife had occupied the apartment in the multicultural suburb of Ashfield for about 30 years.
They had appeared to be close and went out often, she said, but after Sextro reported that his wife had returned to Germany to care for her sick sister he rarely, if ever, received visitors.
Just three people, all female neighbours, turned out at Sextro's funeral, the paper said.