BERLIN — German police offered a 10,000 euro ($12,400) reward Thursday for information about the killing of a 59-year-old homeless man who was found beheaded in the western city of Koblenz last week.
The body of Gerd Michael Straten, a former picture framer, was discovered last Friday at the city’s main cemetery, where he regularly spent the night.
“The perpetrator or perpetrators acted in an extraordinarily brutal and inhumane way,” prosecutor Rolf Wissen told reporters. “It went so far that the victim’s head was severed.”
Straten had last been seen alive a day before he was found, leading police to believe he was killed overnight. They have set up a 35-strong team of investigators to solve the case.
So far, police have interviewed more than 100 people but don’t yet have a hot lead.
Thomas Lauxen, head of the homicide team, said police are particularly keen to learn who the victim was in contact with and whether he was involved in any disputes.