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Mechernich (dpa) - The puzzling case of a particularly well-preserved corpse in a cemetery in Mechernich near Bonn has been solved.

Contrary to what was feared, it is not about a crime.

Rather, 40 years ago someone was buried in a zinc coffin, and the corpse was particularly well preserved, said a police spokesman on Monday.

The discovery of the body had raised the suspicion that it might be a crime victim because no one had actually been buried at the site in the cemetery for a long time.

However, an examination in Bonn's forensic medicine showed no evidence of violence.

During excavations on Monday relics were found that the police inferred to a wooden coffin with zinc inlay.

According to the information, these findings match the results of the investigation, according to which a man from the Mechernich area was brought to Germany in a zinc coffin in a zinc coffin in 1974 after a fatal traffic accident in Belgium.

The man was embedded in a wooden coffin in the zinc coffin.

"This explains the condition of the corpse."

The funeral took place at the site of the discovery.

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