Army spouse questioned in Hainerberg housing area death
German police have questioned the spouse of a U.S. Army soldier in connection with the death of a 30-year-old American woman this week at Hainerberg housing area in Wiesbaden, Germany.
German and U.S. authorities brought the 27-year-old man in for questioning after investigators learned he had been in frequent contact with the victim through e-mails and telephone calls, said Oliver Welpot of the Wiesbaden police department.
Police suspect the man had an affair with the dead woman, Welpot said Friday.
“The guy definitely knew the victim,” Welpot said of the civilian. “He says they didn’t have a sexual relationship, but it looks like they did.”
The man was questioned and later released, according to U.S. and German officials.
The woman was found dead in her apartment around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Officials have yet to release her name because notification of family members in the United States is incomplete, said Donna Dean, a spokeswoman for the 221st Base Support Battalion, based in Wiesbaden.
Currently, German authorities have jurisdiction in the case, given that civilians are involved, but that could change.
Welpot said investigators are still sorting out whether they have a homicide on their hands or an accidental death.
Evidence uncovered so far indicates the woman probably did not commit suicide, Welpot said.
He and other officials declined to discuss the crime scene in detail, but a news release issued by the Wiesbaden police department stated that the woman’s hands were bound and that she had a scarf wrapped around her neck.
“She definitely did not hang herself,” Welpot said.
The woman apparently had something lodged in her mouth, but Welpot would not say what that object was.
“It’s very confusing,” he said of the circumstances surrounding the case.
The victim worked for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at the Hainerberg Shopping Center in Wiesbaden.
Her husband is assigned to the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.
“This particular soldier was never deployed” to Iraq, Dean said in response to a question about such a possibility.
The civilian who was questioned works at Wiesbaden Army Airfield and is married to a soldier, Welpot said.
The victim’s husband is of the “opinion that they had something going on,” Welpot said.