A young mother has been found dead in a Nazi concentration camp bunker from where the SS coordinated mass exterminations in Germany.
The woman was ambushed by her killer while passing through the forest with her bicycle, according to police.
Nurse Bianca Simon, 26, from the city of Oranienburg located in the German state of Brandenburg was found dead in the Second World War bunker near the Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen at around 10pm on Monday evening (local time).
The grim discovery was made after police investigators found her bike about 50 to 100 metres away from the so-called Ace of Diamonds bunker, which was a former SS communications centre.
They now believe she was ambushed on the forest path while heading to her destination.
Spokesperson from the Neuruppin Public Prosecutor's Office, Torsten Sauermann, said: "We have no direct evidence of another crime scene."
They are now trying to discover whether the young mother of a five-year-old child was killed in the bunker or whether the unknown attacker only hid her body there.
Bianca was last seen at Oranienburg train station on Thursday afternoon on July 15th where she was greeting a friend, after which her colleagues reported she did not show up at work. She later failed to collect her son from kindergarten.
The several-day-long search ended after assembly workers who wanted to visit the bunker found her corpse.
Referencing obvious injuries that she had suffered beforehand, the investigators are certain that Bianca was murdered, and an autopsy has been ordered to confirm it.
"The situation and the externally visible injuries reveal it was a homicide. We cannot say what was the attacker's motivation behind the attack yet," said police spokeswoman Dorte Rohrs.
"We have not yet been able to identify a suspect. We do not know why the young mother had to die," she added.
The communications bunker where Bianca Simon's corpse was found used to belong to the SS (Schutzstaffel), which was Adolf Hitler's paramilitary organisation responsible for the genocidal killing of an estimated 5.5 to 6 million Jews and millions of other victims during the Second World War.
The Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen located in Oranienburg about 35 kilometres north of the country's capital Berlin, was used from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945 and it mainly held political prisoners throughout the war, among which Joseph Stalin's oldest son Yakov Dzhugashvili.
When the Nazis set up the camp, they also built an arms control department, a dog training school, storage and Intelligence Units, and an above-ground communications bunker, known as the Funkbunker Karo Ass (Ace of Diamonds).
Bianca's five-year-old son is now taken care of by his grandmother.
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