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HEIDELBERG, Germany — German police are looking for help in a Dec. 23 triple homicide in Ziegelhausen, a suburb of Heidelberg.

Some Americans live in the town just across the Neckar River from Heidelberg. Others may have been making holiday visits in the area, said Harald Kurzer, a police spokesman.

Police found Dr. Udo Frederking, 61, and his wife, Astrid, 66, dead in Frederking’s pediatrician office on Kleingemundestrasse 35, along with his assistant, Karin Reupher, 24, said Harald Kurzer, a police spokesman.

“We found them strangled and bound with handcuffs and rope,” Kurzer said. “We think there is just one murderer.”

Police do not believe the suspect is an American, Kurzer said. “But it’s possible an American could be a witness.”

The doctor’s daughter called police about 8:30 p.m., when she could not reach her parents by phone. Police believe the killing occurred between 5 and 9 p.m., and robbery was the culprit’s motive, Kurzer said.

Police are looking for a suspect who smokes Braniff filtered cigarillos and was wearing Rieker boots, both of which can be found in local stores, Kurzer said.

They also have a sample of the suspect’s DNA, Kurzer said.

Investigators found a piece of red rope in a nearby trash bin and a key ring they think belongs to the suspect, he said.

Anyone with information can contact the Heidelberg police at 06221-99-2421.

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