Suspect identified after 30 years

Decades after the murder of 19-year-old Cornelia Geißler in Ilmenau, the police have a concrete lead. A now 78-year-old is now suspected.

The Erfurt prosecutor and the Gotha police department have found a suspect in a 30-year-old murder case. He is now a 78-year-old man from the Ilmenau area, the police announced on Wednesday morning. He is suspected of murdering the then 19-year-old Cornelia Geißler almost thirty years ago.

Geissler was found in a forest near Ilmenau in December 1990. Investigation revealed that she was raped and then killed with multiple knife wounds. The search for the culprit was fruitless at the time. Only a testimony in August 2018 led to new investigations, which also involved intensive public relations work: in March this year, the police described the perpetrator in detail in the television program “Aktenzeichen XY” and publicly asked for more information.

The testimony and call to witnesses ultimately led to suspicion against the 78-year-old, as a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday morning. However, the man was not arrested. An intensive investigation is still ongoing.

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