Murder case on the Lower Rhine reopened after 23 years

A murder case is being reworked and is the subject of the ZDF program “Aktenzeichen XY … unsolved” for the third time today. The mysterious corpse find in a sand pit in Rheurdt-Schaephuysen concerns a homicide commission in Krefeld and meanwhile also the public prosecutor’s office in Aachen. Because after 23 years it is clear that it is a man from Würselen. He was never reported missing. The reconstruction of a picture of the victim gave the decisive clue last year. You don’t have a murderer yet. With a renewed call on the television program, the investigator hopes to finally clear up the case.

The facts

The dead person is Wilfried Kalitz, born in 1953. Most recently he lived in Würselen (Aachen city region). He was identified through DNA comparisons with relatives. He was 43 years old at the time of his disappearance. There was no sign of suicidal intent at the time. The relatives assumed that he had fled abroad because of debts.

The investigations revealed that he had worked for the Aachen transport company as a bus driver for a long time. In addition, he operated a trade in residential real estate. He also wanted to take over a snack bar in Monschau (Eifel), but it burned down.

The victim’s family

According to the police, he had several brothers, a sister, an ex-wife and two children (then 4 and 7 years old). His parents have since passed away. Apparently none of them are under suspicion.

Further investigation results

The body was found on December 8, 1996 in a sand pit near Rheurdt-Schaephuysen. The police assume that the dead lay there for several days and was not killed there, but at his place of residence.

His older VW bus, type T3, and his sheepdog Rex disappeared with the victim. The police are looking for witnesses who knew Wilfried Kalitz and who can provide information about his private and professional environment from 1996.

A Romanian man named Emil is said to have worked regularly for Wilfried Kalitz at the time. He is urged to report to the police. She also asks for information about other people who were in contact with Wilfried Kalitz at the time.

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Information on the killing offense is requested to the Murder Commission Kripo Krefeld on Tel. 02151-6340.


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