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Bodies of eight babies found in apartment

Jonathan Gray in Wallenfels

Published 14/11/2015 | 02:30

A police investigator in protective cloth enter a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies
A police investigator in protective cloth enter a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies
A police car stands in front of a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies

The bodies of eight babies have been found in a German town.

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A local woman contacted emergency services on Thursday afternoon after finding one body at the flat in the Bavarian town of Wallenfels, police said.

Officers then found several more bodies in a room.

Police and prosecutors initially said they believed there were seven bodies.

Later yesterday, they said an eighth set of remains had been found - wrapped in towels and plastic bags, like the others.

The bodies are being examined by forensic experts, but the examinations "will take some time in view of their poor condition, in some cases" and results should not be expected before the beginning of next week, police and prosecutors said.

Authorities have so far been unable to find the property's former resident, a 45-year-old woman, but are questioning several other people.

Police added that she is being sought as the possible mother of the babies, but would not say whether she is a suspect, the news agency dpa reported.

It was unclear how long the babies had been dead or who, if anyone, was living in the apartment at the time of the discovery.

Wallenfels has around 3,000 inhabitants and is located in a rural area of north-eastern Bavaria.

German media reported that a couple with several children had been living in the property but had recently separated.

The woman sought by police worked at a newspaper kiosk and as a lifeguard at a swimming pool, unconfirmed reports said.

Wallenfels' mayor Jens Korn said residents of the town near the Czech border were stunned.

"This incident has occurred in this safe little world and now many people here are touched and sad about it," he said.

Germany has seen several cases of infanticide in recent years. Last year, a woman was convicted of killing two of her children and hiding their bodies in a freezer. The bodies of nine new-born babies were found hidden in flower pots in a town near the Polish border in 2005.

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