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Brown bear helps revealing murder

A woman killed her husband together with her lover and buried the corpse in the woods in Tyrol (West Austria). A brown bear called M13 helped solving the case.

As stated in a report, the bear was walking through the woods near the Austrian community Pfunds and pushed over a tree. The tree cut a power line, which led to a fire. The fire brigade, however, did not find the arsonist but a corpse.

The dead person has been identified as Peter H. (40) from Baden-Württemberg (Germany). His wife Tanja B. (36) reported his missing to the police. Peter H. had been in high debts and previously convicted. The investigators presumed connections to the criminal underworld.

However, Tanja B. and her lover then started to contradict themselves. The couple was arrested in May 2012 and has been in detention awaiting trial since then without admitting anything.

It would have been difficult to prove the crime without the corpse. Now the couple is accused of murder and will be trialed at the Regional Court in Ravensburg (Southern Germany).

The couple presumably anaesthetized the victim, kicked his head and suffocated him. Then they buried the corpse in the woods. It would still be there if the bear had not come across it.

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