A 17-year-old Afghan immigrant has been arrested for the rape and murder of a student who was killed while cycling home from a party, according to German police.
Maria Ladenburger was drowned in the River Dreisam in the city of Freiburg in southern Germany on October 16.
Maria, a medical student, was the daughter of Dr Clemens Ladenburger, a lawyer who assists the legal director of the European Commission. She helped out at a refugee centre in her spare time but is unclear if she was known to her alleged murderer.
The 17-year-old Afghan refugee was arrested on Friday and will appear in court next year.
He has confessed to murder but can still change his plea. It is unclear if he has confessed to rape.
He was arrested after police found an 18.5cm-long strand of black hair that was partially dyed blonde at the scene where Maria’s body was discovered.
When they checked it against their DNA register they found no matches.
They then searched local CCTV footage and saw the 17-year-old on a local tram who had long black hair dyed partially blonde which they believed was similar to that found at the crime scene.
When officers brought him in and checked his DNA they found it matched the sample.
Officers are now investigating whether he is linked to the rape and murder of another woman in Endinge, 18 miles away from Freiburg, at the beginning of November.
The arrest of the Afghan refugee comes as tensions remain high in Germany because of its perceived open-door refugee policy which has seen more than 1 million people arrive in the country in less than two years.