Berlin police on Monday, May 15, asked for the public’s help as it investigates the murder of Italian national Stefan Unterweger, who was found lifeless with several stab wounds early Sunday in Volkspark Friedrichshain.
The Berliner Polizei released a picture of Unterweger and said the 34-year-old victim had been gay, later clarifying to a Tagesspiegel reporter that the information could play a role in the case.
“The investigation so far has been able to establish the time of the crime. Mr. Unterweger was likely attacked and killed where his body was found, in Volkspark Friedrichshain in the area of the “little bunker hill”, between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.,” the police said.
The police singled out taxi drivers and anyone in the park during the early morning hours of Sunday as potentially important to the investigation.
The B.Z. said Unterweger left his nearby apartment, where he lived with his 39-year-old boyfriend, for a walk at 2 a.m. after watching the Eurovision song contest.
His boyfriend became concerned hours later when he never returned.
“I was worried. I tried calling him, writing him. He never answered,” the B.Z. quoted the man.
Unterweger had reportedly lived in Berlin for two years and worked in IT.
Photo of Unterweger thanks Berliner Polizei.