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Suspected German Murder Victim Found Alive 30 Years After Disappearance

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A German woman believed to have been murdered more than 30 years ago has been found alive and well in the city of Dusseldorf, Germany.

Computer science student Petra Pazsitka, then 24, went missing in 1984. She had visited a store, the dentist, and then boarded a bus bound for her parent’s home.

She never arrived.

In 1989, Pazsitka was officially declared dead after an extensive investigation, nationwide appeals, searches, and video reconstructions of her last known actions, reports the Independent.

A man, who had previously been convicted for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in the same area Pazsitka lived, Braunschweig, confessed to her murder.

He later retracted his confession and her body remained missing.

On Sept. 11, 2015, Pazsitka was found alive.

Police in Dusseldorf responded to a call of a burglary at a woman’s home. When they arrived, the woman initially identified herself as “Mrs. Schneider.”

When police asked to see her identification, the woman confessed that she was Pazsitka, now 55.

Pazsitka told police she had been living without any official documents and under false names in various German cities since her disappearance, reports NBC News.

"She did not even have a bank account and paid all her bills [in] cash," Joachim Grande, a spokesman for the police in Braunschweig, said.

Pazsitka had been earning a small income over the years through illicit work.

"As to the motive of her disappearance, she gave no explanation, and expressly said that she continues to want no contact with the public or her family,” police noted.

"Her father passed away a few years ago, but her brother and mother were in shock and tears when they heard the news," Grande said.

Pazsitka’s family has asked police to deliver her a letter with the hope that one day they may reunite.

Sources: Independent, NBC News / Photo credit: NBC News