Petra Pazsitka was a computer science student living in Braunschweig, Germany in 1984, when she went missing. Pazsitka seemingly vanished into thin air without so much as a smidgen of a clue left behind as to what have might have happened to the bright university student.
According to Sports Act on September 28, it was just before her brother’s birthday when the 24-year-old went missing. When Pazsitka failed to show up at the party planned for him, the family knew something was very wrong and she was reported as a missing person.
A massive manhunt ensued for the missing woman, who had been living in the university student housing at the time. Pazsitka’s case was even featured on the German show “Aktenzeichen XY,” which was a popular German crime show.
It was about five years after Pazsitka went missing that a man, who was a suspect in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, confessed to the university student’s murder. Pazsitka was declared dead and the case was closed as a solved murder case in 1989.
No remains of the 24-year-old woman were ever found and three decades later the reason for the body never turning up was made very apparent. Pazsitka was still alive. A woman named “Mrs. Schneider” beckoned police to her home with the report of a burglary. To complete the burglary report, police requested an ID from the 55-year-old woman.
Pazsitka came clean, telling police she was the woman thought long-dead. While Pazsitka never gave police a motive for disappearing and taking on a new identity, she did say her disappearance was something that was well planned by her 31-years-ago.
She saved money and got an apartment away from the city where her family lived. She started a new life under a new name. She wants to continue with her life the way it is today and does not want contact from her family, according to DB Techno today.
While her father had died while she was on the lamb, her mother and brother were stunned to find that she was alive after all these years. Police said they broke down in tears, as they were overwhelmingly happy when they heard the news.
Police report that Pazsitka did not break any laws with her disappearance, so there won’t be any charges pending. She does however need to register as a living person after she’s been listed as deceased for the past 31 years.
Her family, who cried tears of joy when hearing the news, have now learned that she doesn’t want contact with them. They did ask the police to deliver their long-lost family member a letter they wrote to her.