Police think murder suspect has fled

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23 March 2004 , AUGSBURG - In a city reeling from the grisly stabbing murders of five persons in an ethnic Turkish home, Augsburg police said Tuesday they believe the main suspect may have fled to Turkey. The police said they were seeking an international arrest warrant for the 37-year-old man regarded as the prime suspect in the crime, with his estranged 29-year-old wife being among the victims. A police spokesman said that if the man were to be arrested in Turkey, authorities would seek his extradition t

23 March 2004

AUGSBURG - In a city reeling from the grisly stabbing murders of five persons in an ethnic Turkish home, Augsburg police said Tuesday they believe the main suspect may have fled to Turkey.

The police said they were seeking an international arrest warrant for the 37-year-old man regarded as the prime suspect in the crime, with his estranged 29-year-old wife being among the victims.

A police spokesman said that if the man were to be arrested in Turkey, authorities would seek his extradition to Germany.

As new details emerged, shocked local residents in the quiet side street of Augsburg brought flowers, candles and even stuffed toy animals to the sidewalk outside the semi-detached duplex home.

Besides the 29-year-old woman, the ethnic Turkish family victims included her seven-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, her mother, 53, and her brother, 25.

In addition, a fifth victim was identified as a 26-year-old Czech man who had lately been living with the family, and not an ethnic Turk as was initially believed.

Police said that the murder suspect still had a key to the house. The victims' bodies were found in different rooms between the basement and first floor.

The attack appeared to have taken place overnight, police said. A friend of the family said he saw the family alive on Sunday and found the bodies on a visit at noon Monday.

The bodies were taken to Munich, 50 kilometres to the east, for coroner's examination.

The authorities made no comment on the possible motive for the crime, amid circumstantial evidence which might indicate that the act was motivated by jealousy, given that the murder suspect and his wife had separated.

A further mystery concerned the family dog, a dobermann, which was missing. Police surmised that the murder suspect may have taken the dog with him.

Augsburg police have set up a 32-member task force to deal with the case. Police were questioning friends, acquaintances and other relatives.

 

 DPA

Subject: German news

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