Was This Art Historian Berlin’s Second Murder This Week?

A 60-year-old woman missing in Tiergarten since late Tuesday has apparently become Berlin’s second murder victim this week after her body was found Friday near the beergarden where she had been meeting with friends.

The body of art historian Susanne Fontaine was discovered in the bushes near the S-Bahn tracks just north of Bahnhof Zoo about 1 p.m. Friday, according to the Berliner Polizei. The condition of the body points to murder and an autopsy is expected determine the exact cause of death.

If the disappearance is confirmed to be murder, it will be the second such death this week in Berlin. The body of a 47-year-old homeless man was discovered at 6:20 a.m. Friday in a park at the intersection of Grunewaldstrasse and Schloßstraße, according to police.

An autopsy is also expected to confirm the cause of death as murder.

In Tiergarten, Frau Fontaine was reported missing after she failed to return from a meeting with three friends at the nearby Schleusenkrug restaurant and beergarden, according to police. Police had used a dog to search the area around the restaurant following her disappearance but gave no explanation as to why the search proved fruitless, according to widespread press reports.

A pedestrian on the Schleusenweg path that connects Schleusenkrug with Bahnhof Zoo and the neighboring Hardenbergplatz discovered the body. The area had been an impromptu homeless camp for years before it was cleared by police this summer.

The victim was a well-known art historian who lived in Charlottenburg and oversaw the Glienicke Castle as well as the hunting lodge on Pfaueninsel for the Foundation of Prussian Castles and Gardens, according to Tagesspiegel.

 

Photo thanks Jens Darup via Creative Commons.

 

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