Murdered German hitchhiker was from Dresden

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23 September 2005, WELLINGTON - New Zealand police said Friday a German woman who was murdered as she hitchhiked in the North Island had died from multiple injuries to the head and a single stab wound in the chest.

23 September 2005

WELLINGTON - New Zealand police said Friday a German woman who was murdered as she hitchhiked in the North Island had died from multiple injuries to the head and a single stab wound in the chest.

A police woman dressed in clothing similar to that worn by Birgit Brauer, 28, from Dresden, staged a re-enactment of events at the spot where she was last seen alive on Tuesday morning to try to jog the memories of anyone who may have seen her.

They released a general description of the last vehicle the young woman, who had been working in New Zealand since February, was seen getting into before she was stabbed to death.

They also urged people to look out for her two packs, including her passport, camera, wallet, diary, clothes, cellphone, a collection of stones and shoes, which are still missing.

Brauer's body was found by a passing jogger in dense bush off a track in the Egmont National Park, about 17 kilometres from the North Island port city of New Plymouth, late Tuesday afternoon.

She had left a backpacker hostel in Wanganui, apparently to hitch rides to New Plymouth, 160 kilometres north, earlier that morning.

Detective Grant Coward, who is heading the inquiry, said police believe she was last seen getting into a dark grey or black four-wheel-drive station wagon at Waitotara, 20 kilometres from Wanganui, where she was dropped off after her first lift.

Local storekeeper Bill Hahn said she bought a bottle of water and used a toilet before heading up the road where she was last seen sitting on her backpack.

Another local, Malcolm Perry, told reporters he had seen a vehicle parked nearby with a balding man in his late 50s and wearing glasses who "looked out of place - people don't usually stop here".

Detective Coward, who leads about 30 police working on the case, would like to speak to him but said his was not the same vehicle as the one the woman was last seen getting into.

He said: "This was a vicious and callous attack. It is shocking to all investigating the case, it is a shock to the public and to all of New Zealand."

The scenic area known as Lucy's Gully, where the body was found, is about a 90-minute drive away from Waitotara where she was last seen alive. Coward said it was a remote area and would not be widely known to people who did not live in the area.

Police believe Brauer's body was dumped there are being killed elsewhere.

DPA

Subject: German news23 September 2005

WELLINGTON - New Zealand police said Friday a German woman who was murdered as she hitchhiked in the North Island had died from multiple injuries to the head and a single stab wound in the chest.

A police woman dressed in clothing similar to that worn by Birgit Brauer, 28, from Dresden, staged a re-enactment of events at the spot where she was last seen alive on Tuesday morning to try to jog the memories of anyone who may have seen her.

They released a general description of the last vehicle the young woman, who had been working in New Zealand since February, was seen getting into before she was stabbed to death.

They also urged people to look out for her two packs, including her passport, camera, wallet, diary, clothes, cellphone, a collection of stones and shoes, which are still missing.

Brauer's body was found by a passing jogger in dense bush off a track in the Egmont National Park, about 17 kilometres from the North Island port city of New Plymouth, late Tuesday afternoon.

She had left a backpacker hostel in Wanganui, apparently to hitch rides to New Plymouth, 160 kilometres north, earlier that morning.

Detective Grant Coward, who is heading the inquiry, said police believe she was last seen getting into a dark grey or black four-wheel-drive station wagon at Waitotara, 20 kilometres from Wanganui, where she was dropped off after her first lift.

Local storekeeper Bill Hahn said she bought a bottle of water and used a toilet before heading up the road where she was last seen sitting on her backpack.

Another local, Malcolm Perry, told reporters he had seen a vehicle parked nearby with a balding man in his late 50s and wearing glasses who "looked out of place - people don't usually stop here".

Detective Coward, who leads about 30 police working on the case, would like to speak to him but said his was not the same vehicle as the one the woman was last seen getting into.

He said: "This was a vicious and callous attack. It is shocking to all investigating the case, it is a shock to the public and to all of New Zealand."

The scenic area known as Lucy's Gully, where the body was found, is about a 90-minute drive away from Waitotara where she was last seen alive. Coward said it was a remote area and would not be widely known to people who did not live in the area.

Police believe Brauer's body was dumped there are being killed elsewhere.

DPA

Subject: German news

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