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Man kills his wife before using her head to drown himself in lake

By Mason White 2:38 PM January 6, 2016
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) An elderly man brutally killed his wife before dismembering her body and killing himself by jumping into a lake, police in Austria said.

Gmunden police said that the 72-year-old man and 71-year-old woman both came from Frankfurt, Germany, before being found dead in the Traunsee.

Investigators believe that it was a murder-suicide. At this point, evidence does not show that a third party was involved in the deaths.

According to the police investigation, the woman’s head was found encased in a concrete block, which was attached to her husband’s hand.

The husband’s body and the concrete block were recovered by police divers on Monday. On Sunday, two suitcases, which contained the remains of the woman, was found floating near the shore of the lake.

The man’s other hand was found to be chained to a bag filled with granite stone and personal tools. The coroner suggested that the woman was strangled about 10 days ago, and the man drowned shortly thereafter.