Slovenian police have confirmed that the results of the DNA test proved the body found in the river Ljubljanica on Friday is German poker player Johannes Strassmann.
In Slovenia with plans to meet some of the local high-stakes players, Strassmann's journey turned into the worst nightmare anyone could imagine when he was reported missing on Saturday, June 21st, after disappearing from Ljubljana's old town.
A countrywide manhunt was launched by local police that included agents, helicopters, search dogs, and alerting the media to broadcast the news in hopes of finding someone that knew of Strassmann's whereabouts.
A body of a young man was found on the banks of the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana on Friday morning. The body was in such poor condition that visual identification was impossible and a DNA test was performed. Authorities confirmed to PokerNews.com that the body was 29-year-old Johannes Strassmann.
Slovenian police officer Vinko Stojnsek confirmed the identity match. "It is very sad to say that, but it is true," Stojnsek told PokerNews.com. "The body we have found on Friday is of Johannes Strassmann."
The Slovenian police issued the following statement about the Strassmann case:
On June 22, 2014, Police directorate Ljubljana got the report about a missing person, a 29-year-old German citizen. The German citizen had been missing since 10 p.m. on June 21, 2014.
Gornji trg [street] in Ljubljana was the last location where the 29-year-old German citizen had been seen. The Slovenian police started to investigate immediately.
During the investigation, the police officers checked several different locations in Ljubljana (hospitals, hotels, abandoned buildings, Ljubljanica River...) with a help of a helicopter, police dogs, and police boat. At the same time, we promptly checked all the information gathered from our citizens.
A male body was discovered yesterday (Friday) morning in the Ljubljanica River.
National Forensic Laboratory has identified (by DNA test) the man who was found dead in the Ljubljanica River as a 29-year-old German citizen who had been missing.
The criminal police investigators excluded a violent criminal offence. The laboratory tests of bodily fluids are still ongoing.