Elizabeth Gärtner

Elizabeth Gärtner (Courtesy of Westpfalz German police)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — German police are distributing fliers to Kaiserslautern area residents, including Americans on local military bases, as they continue their investigation into the alleged homicide of a German woman found dead last week at the Gelterswoog lake near Vogelweh.

All Americans working for the military will receive an e-mail that includes the flier, a picture of the victim and details of the case, police said.

The 31-year-old victim has been identified as Elizabeth Gartner. German police are reaching out to Americans because the woman was believed to have American friends and to have occasionally visited Ramstein Air Base, according to a Kaiserslautern police department news release. Police also said that because Americans are known to frequent and drive by the Gelterswoog, someone may have seen something that would help with the investigation.

Gartner’s burned body was found Aug. 20 on a wooded path about 100 yards from the Gelterswoog parking lot. She was last seen sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. on Aug. 20, when she finished work at a hotel and restaurant in Niedermohr. Her silver Hyundai was found in a public parking lot in Landstuhl, near her home on Weiherstrasse.

Police say a witness reported seeing a glare that same day from what appeared to be a fire at the location where her body was found.

Police also are asking for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area from midnight until 11 a.m. on Aug. 20 to call them.

German police have not released the cause of Gartner’s death.

The victim had dual German and Peruvian citizenship. It’s believed she lived alone.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kaiserslautern police at 0631-369-2620.

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