13 and 14 year olds suspected of murder
“It was then decided to kill the girl” – investigators give details of the murder of the schoolgirl

Flowers and candles at the site where the body was found in Salzgitter

Flowers were laid and candles lit near where the 15-year-old’s body was found in Salzgitter

© Julian Stratenschulte / DPA

She was suffocated and placed in the undergrowth: When investigating the murder of a 15-year-old in Salzgitter, the investigators also came across the possible motive.

The day after the body of 15-year-old A. was found in Lower Saxony Salzgitter investigators secured traces at the site and interviewed witnesses on Wednesday. The goal: to reconstruct the course of events as precisely as possible – the first results are now available.

“After the autopsy, it is clear that the girl died of lack of oxygen,” said the Braunschweig public prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters in an interview with RTL. “That means it’s smothered.” However, it was still to be clarified by further investigations how exactly the 15-year-old was suffocated.

“Enmity” apparently the motive for the murder in Salzgitter

A 13-year-old child and a 14-year-old youth from Salzgitter are suspected of murder. The older of the two is now in custody. The youth welfare office in Salzgitter must now decide how to proceed with the 13-year-old. Children under the age of 14 are considered innocent in Germany and therefore cannot be punished (You can read more background information on dealing with delinquent children here).

The two suspects went to the same school with the victim, Wolters said. A “hostility” developed – “Then it was obviously decided to kill the girl.” The public prosecutor’s office assumes insidious murder for base motives. There is no evidence of a sex crime.

The 15-year-old was last seen alive on Sunday evening. On Tuesday morning, the police turned on the public and asked for help in finding the missing person. Just a few hours later, officers discovered the body in a wooded green area behind a supermarket in the Salzgitter-Fredenberg district (the star reported).

The mayor of the city of Lower Saxony, Frank Klingebiel, was shocked and appalled by the student’s death. “I condemn this cruel and cold-blooded crime in the strongest possible terms,” ​​he said, according to the DPA news agency, expressing condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

Sources: Braunschweig public prosecutor, RTLDPA news agency