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Swiss banker 'kills wife and buries her in garden'

Meritxell Mir · 22 Dec 2011, 12:03

Published: 22 Dec 2011 12:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Dec 2011 12:03 GMT+01:00

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A 49-year-old Swiss banker has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife and burying her corpse in the garden, days after he reported her missing.

The body of Andrea Achermann, 43, was found by police on Wednesday in the back garden of the house she shared with husband Ueli in the small village of Untereggen, high above Lake Constance.

Ueli Achermann, a 49-year-old computer scientist who workedat Raiffeisen Bank's headquarters in Sankt Gallen, was arrested shortly after the discovery, newspaper Blick reported.

Achermann was last seen in the evening of December 2nd at her family house. The next morning, her car was found in the neighbouring village of Goldach. It was unlocked.

The Sankt Gallen cantonal police released a missing person warning on December 13th. The report was based on the information provided by her husband.

After days of extensive searches, the police found the missing woman’s body in the garden of the family house. The corpse has not yet been formally identified, Blick reports that the police are sure it is that of Andrea Achermann.

Police say they believe she was murdered:

"The state of the body points out to an act of violence," the police said in an statement released on Wednesday.

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According to the newspaper, the police have enough evidence to believe her husband is to blame for her death. He was arrested few hours after the discovery and has been remanded in custody.

The Achermanns had moved into their newly built house in Untereggen in May 2009.  A neighbour cited by the paper said that the marriage may have broken down, but that they were still living under the same roof for sake of their three children, aged 12, 10 and 7.

Meritxell Mir (news@thelocal.ch)

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Your comments about this article

2011-12-27 18:50:51 by PLT
Unusual marital violence for Switzerland. It sounds just like the US tabloids.
2011-12-27 12:10:26 by Kathryn
How terribly sad for the children.
2011-12-26 19:39:29 by sunnchilde
Maybe he was just trying to save money on compost?
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