Almost four decades ago, the body of a woman was found on the German A6. The identity of the woman remains a mystery.
On the 16th of March 1986, near a parking lot on the A6 motorway towards Heilbronn, pedestrians made a grim discovery—a young woman's lifeless body. Sadly, it seemed that the woman had been dead for quite some time as the body was in an advanced state of decomposition. Authorities assume that she died in spring or autumn 1985 and that she was a victim of a violent crime.
A special task force worked on the investigation for weeks, but despite the presence of colourful clothing and jewelry found on her body, identifying the woman proved impossible. Only certain details were known: the woman's age ranged from 27 to 33-years-old, her height was between 155 and 165 centimeters, and her blood type was A.
In 2009, with the aid of the latest technology, a facial reconstruction of the woman was finally achieved. Despite these efforts, no new leads emerged. Two years later, the Heidelberg Public Prosecutor's Office sought assistance from the University of Munich. An isotopic analysis was conducted, focusing on the bones, teeth, and hair of the deceased. This analysis aimed to determine the person's origins and locations they had lived during their life.
Thanks to this analysis, it was discovered that the young woman had resided in the Benelux countries, suggesting a potential connection to Luxembourg. She was known to have frequently changed her place of residence and might have been moving around in southern Germany. Evidence suggests that she lived in Great Britain for a few months before her death. The woman could have been from Eastern Europe or Russia.
Despite this information, the investigation did not bear fruit.
Close the case or keep investigating?
Forty years later, the investigation remains at a standstill. As part of the "Identify me" campaign organized by the German Federal Criminal Police, this case was presented to the general public on the show "Aktenzeichen XY" in June 2023. Despite the many years that have passed since the discovery of the body, the broadcast generated a substantial response with numerous individuals coming forward and providing more than 100 leads.
Most of these leads were connected to the clothing and jewelry found on the woman and several leads even concerned the act itself and the potential perpetrator. Numerous clues have been pursued, and three missing persons were identified as potentially being the victim. DNA samples from family members have been collected, but as of now, the results are pending. The Heidelberg police shared this information with RTL. The German police are grateful for any clues received, emphasising that the top priority is still the identification of the woman in question.
"Who knows this dead person?"
The police regularly issue this call, encouraging the public to provide more clues on unsolved cases. Here, you can find all the known information regarding this particular case.
The victim died between spring and autumn 1985. She wore a light red t-shirt, dark red trousers and white trainers. Standing between 155 and 165 cm tall, she had blood type A, wore a denture, and was of white European origin. It is reported that the woman lived in the Benelux countries and, most recently before her death, in Great Britain.
In the event of valuable leads, the German Public Prosecutor's Office is offering a reward. All information and photos of the victim can be found here.