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DARMSTADT, Germany — German police believe a relationship gone bad may have been the motive in the slaying of a German-American woman last week.

U.S. officials have identified Natascha C. Dillard as the woman who was killed Thursday in a McDonald’s parking lot on Gräfenhäuser Strasse. Dillard, 20, worked at Lincoln Village’s Child Development Center, according to Jayme Loppnow, spokeswoman for U.S. Garrison Darmstadt.

German police are holding a 20-year-old American man in the attack, according to Karl Kaerchner, a police spokesman in Darmstadt. Kaerchner declined to identify the suspect, citing German police media policy. Police will only identify the man as the dependent of an American military family.

Police believe the alleged assailant and the victim had been dating for a long time when Dillard broke off the relationship, he said. Dillard agreed to meet the man in a parking lot, where he allegedly stabbed her in the neck, Kaerchner said.

Under the Status of Forces agreement, German prosecutors have the option of prosecuting, or turning the case over to U.S. authorities for prosecution. As of Monday, German officials hadn’t decided which option they’ll exercise, Kaerchner said.

German police, the German prosecutor’s office and the Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the death.


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