Police officers found the body of a 63-year-old woman in an apartment in Neustrelitz. She probably did not die of natural causes. There are signs of an attack. She was found by chance.

By pure chance, police found the body of a 63-year-old woman in an apartment in Neustrelitz (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) on Wednesday evening. According to initial findings, the woman had probably been attacked beforehand. She had serious injuries that suggested an attack, police said on Thursday. A spokeswoman initially did not want to comment on the nature of the injuries. “This is what the perpetrators know. We are not disclosing it yet.”

A suspect has already been arrested after suspicions against him were confirmed during the course of the evening. The man knows the woman, but is not a family member or related to her, the spokeswoman said. The man is due to appear before a judge later in the day. The charge is manslaughter.

The fact that the woman was found in the evening was a coincidence: According to reports, the emergency services had originally been on duty in the apartment building because of a stolen bicycle when they noticed the woman through a window. According to initial findings, she had already been dead for some time. The police suspect that she was killed between late afternoon and early evening. The forensic investigation in the house has already been completed. Residents and possible witnesses are now to be questioned.