After 32 years, the mystery of 'the girl from Portbou' has been solved. The TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio program 'Crims', in an investigation together with Austria TV, has identified a 19-year-old girl who appeared hanged near the Portbou cemetery (Girona) on September 4, 1990. The woman is Evi Anna Rauter, a resident of Lana, a town in northern Italy, and the confirmation of her identity has been made possible thanks to the young woman's family, who "have kept the search alive for 32 years."
The identification has been possible because, after the broadcast of an episode of the Austria TV program 'Ungelöst' (Unsolved) about the case, the television network received an email from an Italian woman who suggested that the girl could be Evi Anna Rauter, something that her parents corroborated through photographs of the body taken by the Civil Guard and the coroner.
Her sister saw Evi Anna Rauter for the last time on September 3, 1990 in Florence, and the next day, around 8 a.m., a resident of Portbou found the body of the young woman -in the same clothes she was wearing- hanged in a tree near the cemetery and alerted the Civil Guard.
The investigators, together with the coroner, certified at that time that it was a suicide, although "subsequent investigations have pointed to other hypotheses," according to the statement.
Evi's sister Anna Rauter told TV3 that, now, they know how the young woman died, but they do not know what happened in the twenty hours that have passed since she left her apartment in Florence and the appearance of her body in Portbou. "It's a mystery. My family and I are convinced that it is Evi, but we do not have any official document from the Police », she added, before expressing her wish not to make any more statements.