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US Army Checks Body Found in Germany

September 15, 1999

HEIDELBERG, Germany (AP) _ The U.S. Army and German authorities are investigating whether a body discovered in a German hospital’s chimney is that of an American soldier, an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

A U.S. military identification card found on the dead man suggested the corpse was that of a U.S. serviceman born in 1971 who had been missing since 1992, police in the town of Friedberg said.

Army spokeswoman Susanne Bartsch said an autopsy was planned and that the U.S. military was aiding German authorities in the investigation, but she refused to comment further.

Friedberg police said two construction workers discovered the body Monday in a disused heating system chimney on the roof of the local hospital.

The young man apparently climbed onto the rim of the chimney and fell in, though the exact circumstances were unclear, the police said.

He could have gotten onto the roof through a door or via scaffolding that was on the building from 1989 and 1992, the police said.