One of the most perplexing episodes in this investigation centres around an unassuming length of wire. When the crime scene technicians arrived early in the morning after the discovery of Ursula’s bicycle, they spotted a wire hanging from a tree. A discussion followed as to whether this could be connected to the crime, and a fireman who took part in the search for Ursula said that this part of the forest was used by children as a playground. It was then decided not to secure the wire.
The crime scene of the Ursula Herrmann abduction is unique in a number of ways, and strongly suggests that more than one person was involved. The path leading through the Weingarten forest along the Ammersee shore was frequently used by cyclists or pedestrians, as it was the fastest connection between the villages of Eching and Schondorf, and because of the beautiful lake scenery.
This is part three of a five part investigative series on Bavaria, transnational organized crime, and the Ursula Herrmann case. When DNA analysis became widely available, Ursula’s case was reopened, like many […]
We call for help to crowdsource a number of unresolved matters surrounding this case. Any additional information on the background of the abductors would help us to refine their profile.
On the 15th of September 1981 at 19:25, Ursula Herrmann, a ten year old girl from the Southern Bavarian Ammersee area, was cycling home from the end of an exciting day. She had just started secondary school in Landsberg, some 20km from home. This would be her first and last day at her new school.