Brit hunted for 1980s rape & murder in Germany after DNA cold-case breakthrough

A BRIT is being hunted for a 1980s killing after a DNA cold-case breakthrough.

The link was made by German police investigating the rape and murder of saleswoman Regina Fischer, 20, on a remote forest path.

They have sent a sample to the UK and want officers here to run through databases. British troops were stationed near the murder scene.

Bernd Kolkmeier, public prosecutor in the northern town of Celle, said: “We are certain the killer is from Britain. It could be the perpetrator has since committed a crime.

“If this is the case, it will be possible to establish his identity.”

Regina, from Wathlingen near Celle, vanished on September 24, 1988.

Her naked body was found the next day near Hassel, 100 yards from the B3 motorway.

She had been raped, strangled and had multiple stab wounds.

Her dad Erwin, 63, said: “I think Regina picked up a hitchhiker who she knew otherwise she would not have stopped.”

Sperm on the body produced a DNA profile typical of many Britons.

A check with UK databases found no match but new efforts will be made.
The Bergen-Hohne Garrison housed 12,000 British troops.

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