Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Three people found dead from crossbow bolts in German hotel

Three people found dead from crossbow bolts in German hotel

An unused crossbow was found in a bag in the hotel room, and two more have been located since.

The relationship between the three victims - a man in his fifties and two women aged 30 and 33 - was not immediately clear.

Investigators have found two more bodies linked to the mysterious deaths of three people discovered alongside crossbows over the weekend.

The man and the older woman were found lying on the bed on Saturday, holding hands with multiple bolts in them, while the younger woman lay on the floor with a single bolt wound. One of the victims in the Passau deaths, a 30-year-old woman, lived in Wittingen, according to prosecutors.

Three people were found dead with crossbow injuries in the hotel. The man and the older woman are from the village of Berod in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in southwestern Germany, while the younger woman was last registered as living in Wittingen.

There was heavy rainfall that night which, combined with the rushing sounds of the nearby River Ilz, could explain why no-one in the hotel heard unusual coming noise from the room, according to Euronews German journalists.

The man, who was dressed in a suit had a long, white beard, while the two women were dressed in black, witnesses told German daily Bild.

Police are struggling to piece together what links the five dead people as the investigation has broadened from the banks of the Danube to a mountain range over the Rhine and the rolling farmland of the north. He said they were hungry so booked breakfast for the next morning, but never arrived.

"It was a odd group", a guest recalled, according to the newspaper Bild.

There was no sign of a fight, nor of another participant, police said.

The first results of an autopsy are expected on Tuesday.

Though it is hard to buy firearms in Germany, anyone who is over the age of eighteen can legally buy a crossbow.

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