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Missing German Mayor Found Dead

June 27, 2002

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) _ The mayor of the Bavarian town of Roeckingen, who has been missing since early March, was found dead in a forest in the western Czech Republic, police said Thursday.

Police found Erich Kunder’s body on Wednesday in a forest near the Bohemian town of Cheb, near the German border, police spokeswoman Blanka Kosinova said. She would not elaborate.

Kunder disappeared after arriving in the Czech Republic on March 5 for business, newspapers reported.

Shortly afterward, about $2,000 was charged to his credit card. His car, a Mercedes-Benz, was found in Belarus in May.

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