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Lake Traunsee in front of Traunstein mountain in Gmunden, Austria image

Lake Traunsee in front of Traunstein mountain in Gmunden, Austria. Photo: AP

A man strangled and dismembered his wife, entombed her head in concrete and then used the concrete block as a weight to drown himself in a lake, Austrian authorities say.

Police official Gottfried Mitterlehner said on Tuesday the couple were a 72-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife from Germany but did not identify them further.

Officials told reporters the head was found in a block of concrete in a bag attached to the man’s hand.

The man, whose body showed no signs of a struggle, was also weighed down with rocks and personal belongings.

“This makes us primarily think of an ‘extended suicide’,” Birgit Ahamer, a prosecutor for the nearby town of Wels, told a news conference.

The corpse and the bag were recovered by police divers from the waters of Traunsee in central Austria on Monday.

A day earlier, two suitcases containing the woman’s remains were found floating close to the lake’s shore near the town of Gmunden, about 80 kilometres east of Salzburg.

AP, Reuters


Henry Sapiecha


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