Bern police probe toddler’s drowning death

An investigation is under way into the death of a two-year-old boy who drowned in the River Emme in the canton of Bern on the weekend.

Bern police probe toddler’s drowning death
River Emme, south of Lützefluh. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The boy fell in the river at Lützefluh on Saturday and was pulled out of the water downstream by passersby, cantonal police said in a statement.

An emergency doctor called to the scene attempted to revive the toddler but could only note that the child was dead, according to the staement.

The toddler apparently got separated from his family without them knowing it, police said.

Lützefluh is located in the Lower Emmental region through which the River Emme flows.

Police said they were seeking further information to find out exactly what happened.

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Bern police probe woman’s bus stop death

Police in the Swiss capital remain tight-lipped as they continue to investigate the murder of a woman found dead at a bus stop early Wednesday.

Bern police probe woman’s bus stop death
The woman was found near St. Mark's church (Markuskirche), pictured here. Photo:

Officers discovered the the woman at the stop in a neighbourhood in the north of Bern at 2am, cantonal police said.

Police earlier received a call that a woman on Winkelriedstrasse needed help.

When officers arrived at the bus stop in front of St. Mark’s church they found the woman badly injured, police said.

Despite efforts to resuscitate her, police could only determine that the victim was dead.

Police said the woman, who has not been formally identified and whose age was not disclosed, was “the victim of a violent crime”.

From initial findings it appears that the perpetrator knew the woman and that he fled after attacking her, police said.

Police closed a section of Winkelriedstrasse for five hours while examining the crime scene.

A tracking team using a dog searched the area.

Police for the moment are not issuing further information.

The regional prosecutor for Bern-Mitelland has launched an investigation into the homicide.