A doctor from Gerolstein who has been missing since the beginning of the year has become the victim of a violent crime. The police found the body of the 53-year-old on Tuesday in a forest in the Vulkaneifel near Rockeskyll, said senior public prosecutor Eric Samel on Wednesday evening in the ZDF program "Aktenzeichen XY... Unsolved". An autopsy confirmed it was the missing person. He was "victim of a deliberate and brutally executed homicide," said Samel.
The investigators assumed a relationship act. "Due to some very specific evidence and also witnesses, we are looking for the perpetrator in the close personal environment" of the victim, he said. The body was found about 40 kilometers from where the dead man lived.
The doctor was last seen at his job in the hospital in Daun on December 30, 2022. His car was found completely burned out on a forest path between Greimerath and Wittlich in the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich in early January. There was no trace of the body for a long time.