‘Murder victim’ turns up alive after 31 years

By Samantha Luiz
29 September 2014

A German woman who was believed to have been murdered after a man admitted to killing her three decades ago has been found alive.

Petra Pazsitka was 24 years old when she disappeared on July 26, 1984.

She had reportedly withdrawn money from her bank account and asked her neighbour take care of her pet bird. After a futile search, the young woman was declared dead 5 years later. This came after a man who had been convicted of murdering a 14-year-old girl in the area also confessed to killing her. Although no body was found, the case was closed.

'She continues to want no contact with the public or her family'

Decades later, the now 55-year-old woman was discovered after a Mrs Schneider reported a burglary at her home in Duesseldorf, a city in the west of Germany.

She had no ID and eventually admitted to the police that she had been living under a fake identity.

“As to the motive of her disappearance, she gave no explanation, and expressly said that she continues to want no contact with the public or her family,” a Braunschweig and Wolfsburg police spokesperson told the Independent.

The woman’s brother and mother were said to be “in shock and tears when they heard the news.”

It appears she was able to remain incognito because she never opened a bank account, had a driver’s licence or a passport. She had paid for everything in cash.

The elderly woman has been declared officially alive and will not be facing charges.

Sources: independent.co.uk, time.com

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