3 Hotel Guests Found Dead, Impaled by Crossbow Bolts

2 other bodies found when searching one of the victims' homes in Germany
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2019 2:06 PM CDT
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A guesthouse is pictured at the river 'Ilz' in Passau, Germany, Monday, May 13, 2019. Police investigating the mysterious death of three people whose bodies were found with crossbow bolts inside at the hotel in Bavaria on Saturday, May 11, 2019.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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(Newser) – A disturbing story out of Germany, where five people—three of them hotel guests who were impaled by crossbow bolts—have been found dead. A 53-year-old man and two women, ages 30 and 33, checked in to the hotel in rural Bavaria Friday evening and planned to stay three nights. On Saturday morning, a room cleaner found their bodies, with two crossbows nearby plus a third unused crossbow in a bag. Police found the other two bodies, both women, when searching the 30-year-old's home in northern Germany, about 400 miles away, on Monday. Police say they are investigating "possible connections" between the deaths, the BBC reports; relationships between the victims are not yet clear. It's also not clear how the women found in the home died, the Washington Post reports.

The three found dead at the hotel were all German. "We assume that no other people were involved in the deaths of the three," a police spokesperson says. Local media report the man and the 33-year-old woman were found lying on one of the beds, holding hands, while the other woman was lying on the floor with a crossbow bolt through her chest. A hotel guest tells the Local the three were "strange," noting the man had a long white beard and wore a suit and the women were dressed in black. Another hotel guest says the night they were killed was "completely quiet." (Read more Germany stories.)

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