Just over 37 years ago this month, a 10-year-old girl named Ursula Herrmann left her aunt‚Äôs house near Munich to ride home on her red bicycle. She never arrived.
Her disappearance set in motion a horrifying case of kidnapping and murder that, almost four decades later, keeps returning to haunt both Ursula‚Äôs surviving family and the authorities who once thought they had cracked it.
The improbable intervention of a London-based academic who specialises in analysing ancient Greek manuscripts has provided a new twist to the chilling saga.
Some have described it as Germany‚Äôs equivalent of the mystery of Madeleine McCann, the three-year-old British girl who disappeared from her bed on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007.
While Madeleine‚Äôs fate remains unknown, Ursula‚Äôs body was‚Ä¶