On Friday morning, Slovenian police found the body of a young man on the banks of the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Immediate identification wasn't possible due to the condition of the body. DNA testing is in process as authorities work to determine the identity of the victim and to determine if the deceased is German poker player Johannes Strassmann who was reported missing from Ljubljana on June 21st.
Slovenian police officer Vinko Stojnsek said that "the body is of a young man, but we cannot confirm it is the one of Johannes Strassmann," after talking to PokerNews.com.
Stojnsek went on to say that the police should be able to release more precise information Saturday afternoon. Said Stojnsek, "We are doing the DNA test now and then we will need to wait for the results. It may take 24 to 48 hours, so all we can do now is wait."
PokerNews.com's sources in Ljubljana reported that Strassmann's mother and sister are in Slovenia's capital city after making the trip in search of news and hope. According to Stojansek none of Strassman's family have seen the body found in Ljubljanika.
Originally Strassmann was going to visit with Slovenian high-stakes players that he has been coaching — according to some local sources — and then planned to head for the Croatian coast. He disappeared on Saturday evening in the heart of Ljubljana's old town in Gornji on June 21st.
June 26th brought news that a source reported hearing a man speak English with a German accent say: "I'm here, I’m hungry." Search efforts were increased by local police in that area using helicopters, agents, and specially trained police dogs. No evidence of Strassmann being in that area was found.
The police claimed "reliable sources" reported seeing Strassmann in Nova Gorica, close to the Italian border and the search for Strassmann is now countrywide.