Homicide Peggy Knobloch: police interrogated suspects - and then let him go

In the case of the deceased Peggy, the police in Upper Franconia sought different properties based on new findings. "There was an extensive police operation," said Jürgen Stadter of Oberfranken police on Thursday at the house searches of Wednesday in Marktleuthen and Peggy's birthplace Lichtenberg in northern Bavaria.

People were being interrogated. The media report that an arrest or even a confession took place, the spokesman denied. There is no new suspect. "Nobody is currently arrested."

Details in the afternoon

The police wanted to publish details of the operation in the afternoon. After FOCUS-Online-Informationen, the already suspected Manuel S. was interrogated for about two hours. Then he was released again. Reason: no urgent suspicion.

"The content of the statement can not be given due to the ongoing investigation," it said. The house searches in Lichtenberg (district court) and other objects in the district of Wunsiedel took place on Wednesday.

The fact that the police searched the property of S. with such a large offer, however, indicates that the officials at least wanted to test how S. reacts to the operation.

Manuel S. was 24 years old at the time of the crime and the police had suspected him for some time.

Suspect is friends with Ulvi K.

The man is said to have been friends with Ulvi K. K. had even accused the man of the police several times. Ulvi K. had accused him of contradictory claims that Peggy had killed or eliminated her body. The alibi was even then dubious: the suspect claimed to have been on vacation.

The fate of Peggy is one of the most mysterious disappearances in Germany. On May 7, 2001, the then nine-year-old Peggy disappeared on his way home from school. A good 15 years later, on July 2, 2016, a mushroom picker found parts of her skeleton in a forest in Thuringia – about 20 kilometers from Peggy's hometown Lichtenberg.

Connection with the NSU not confirmed

On the site, the researchers also discovered the DNA of the suspicious NSU terrorist Uwe Böhnhardt. As it turned out, the reason for the connection was contamination in securing the evidence. A gush Böhnhardts, discovered on a canvas measuring twelve by four millimeters, is undoubtedly assigned to a Böhnhardt headphone, the researchers said later.

A perpetrator of the NSU member is to exclude her information. The death of Peggy was therefore also the subject of the NSU trial before the Oberlandesgericht München: the main defendant Beate Zschäpe denied knowing anything about the murdered Peggy.

The researchers have not solved the case until today. Over the years, however, they had several suspects in sight. The best-known case in Germany is that of a mentally handicapped person who was sentenced by a court in 2004 as a murderer of Peggy. Ten years later, however, he was acquitted in a new trial.

Lichtenberger turned to the audience

Last year a group of citizens from Lichtenberg had made a "call for help" to the public. In it, the eleven signatories accused the investigating authorities of serious errors and sloppiness. They were talking about a police and justice scandal & # 39; and one-sided research.

Many references from the population have been ignored and testimonies have disappeared from the files. Among the signatories are mayor Holger Knüppel van Lichtenberg and several municipal councilors. The chief prosecutor Herbert Potzel rejected the accusations.

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