Two children died in Hanau on May 11. Police currently suspect a crime, but a suspected perpetrator has not yet been caught. On Thursday (May 12, 2022), investigators want to release further details about the case.
According to current status, the victims are siblings: an eleven-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl.
Update from May 12, 2022: The hunt for suspects continues – Hanau mayor shocked
After the deaths of two children in Hanau, the search for the suspect continues. A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office in Hanau told the German press agency on Thursday that no one had been arrested. The public prosecutor also wants to inform about autopsy results during the day. On Wednesday morning, passers-by found a seriously injured boy on the ground in front of a high-rise in downtown Hanau, who died shortly afterwards at the hospital. A dead girl was also spotted on the balcony of an apartment on the ninth floor of the building. Investigators assume a homicide and a family background to the crime.
At first, they did not want to disclose what the relationship between the wanted suspect and the two dead children was. According to current knowledge, they are probably the eleven-year-old boy and the seven-year-old girl who lived in the apartment in the center of Hanau.
Local residents and Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky (SPD) were shocked. Kaminsky told the newspaper “Bild” that he did not know the family personally, but that they had received social pedagogical support for some months.
Report of May 11, 2022: Two dead children found in Hanau – this is known so far
In downtown Hanau on Wednesday (May 11, 2022), two children were likely victims of a crime and died. According to a spokeswoman for the Hanau Public Prosecutor’s Office, investigators are assuming a homicide. There is evidence of a family background to the crime, but the spokeswoman has not provided further information. Investigators were initially looking for a suspect with no luck. More details about the man and his relationship with the dead children – a girl and a boy – were not known at first.
Passers-by alerted police at 7.25am after discovering the seriously injured boy on the ground in front of a high-rise building. When officers arrived, the boy was no longer responsive, police and prosecutors said. Officers then found the lifeless girl on the balcony of an apartment on the ninth floor. The emergency doctor could only determine the death. The boy was taken to Hanau City Hospital, where he succumbed to his serious injuries shortly after. The two children should be autopsied later in the day, the spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office said.
The identity of the dead children has not yet been determined
According to initial indications, the seven-year-old girl and the eleven-year-old boy who lived in the apartment said the spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office, but their identity is not yet certain. “Investigators from the public prosecutor’s office and the criminal police are assuming a homicide and are now concentrating on what happened in the house that morning,” the statement said. Neighbors would also be thoroughly questioned and clues secured, the spokeswoman said. With a view to the ongoing investigations, further results will probably not be published until this Thursday (May 12), it is stated.
Police cordoned off the streets around the house with barricades and patrol cars. Spectators stood around. Detectives in white tumult stood on the balcony on the ninth floor. Police had a drone fly over the house to photograph the crime scene from as many angles as possible. Shrubs have been removed in front of the house.
The residential house is on a total of eleven floors with a shop and café on the ground floor. Hanau is located about 20 kilometers east of Frankfurt am Main near the border between Hesse and Bavaria.