The remains of a woman's body found in two different countries

Woman's body remains found in two different countries


Part of the dismembered corpse of a woman discovered in September in Mont-Saint-Martin, in eastern France, has been found in Germany, some 65 km away, confirmed on Tuesday the Luxembourg judicial authorities in charge of the investigation and the German police. 

Human remains were found on 1 November in a parking lot near the German village of Temmels, on the border with Luxembourg.

Analysis carried out in Germany revealed a “concordance with DNA” taken from the trunk of a 40-year-old Portuguese woman residing in Luxembourg, discovered on September 19 by a passer-by near a disused building in Mont-Saint-Martin, a French town also bordering Grand- Duchy, said the Diekirch prosecution.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on October 6 in Luxembourg, suspected of being involved in the murder of this woman, identified as Diana Santos.

The police of Trier (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) specifies that “DNA analysis and comparisons carried out by the forensic medicine department of the Mainz University Hospital have made it possible to prove the identity with certainty”.

According to German local media TR News, the head and legs of the victim were found in the parking lot in Temmels.

The Luxembourg justice system was seized of the investigation at the beginning of October after the dissemination of the tattoos which had made it possible to 'identify the victim.

The body showed no signs of bullet or stab wounds, nor of sexual violence, according to the results of the autopsy carried out in France, when the investigation depended on the Nancy prosecutor's office.

The Luxembourg media evoke a network of “sham marriages” behind this assassination.