The chief suspect in a brutal murder case that has been the source of speculation in Germany for over a month has been revealed as an Afghan asylum seeker.

Celle near Hanover is a quiet medieval town that wouldn’t look out of place on a German postcard. In February this year residents were shocked when a maths teacher from one of the local high schools was reported missing after he didn’t show up to work. After searching every room in his home and seeing a trail of what looked to be blood, the teacher, known as “Medhi H.” was discovered dead by one of his work colleagues in a pool of his own blood in the basement.

The 55-year-old German-Iranian teacher was popular with his students and the crime baffled police who had very little in the way of credible leads. Initially police refused to publicly comment and told only that the case was in “full swing.” The paper reported that Mehdi lived alone, and that he had been especially interested in helping migrants. A migrant himself from Iran, Mehdi may have sympathised with many he saw as fleeing conflicts in his native Middle East.

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