Lisa’s mother Erika M. is the suspect in the case of Niederwangen BE.
Meanwhile, the trees in the Papillon quarter in Niederwangen BE have lush green leaves, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping: At first glance, there is nothing left of the tragedy that happened here almost exactly seven months ago.
If you take a closer look, however, you will discover a few fabric flowers and wooden ornaments that local residents hung on the branches to commemorate Lisa M.* (†8). There are still candles at the alleged crime scene in the forest, some of which mourners seem to have left there only recently. Some teddy bears, on the other hand, already look a bit weathered and have grown into the thicket.
Local resident prays for Lisa M.
“Meanwhile, the crime has receded into the background for us,” says a neighbor to Blick. “We will never forget what happened – but we just have to live with this sad fact now. I still pray often for this dear girl.”
Lisa M. was last seen alive on February 1, 2022 at 4:51 p.m. According to an eyewitness, she went into the forest with her mother. According to a press release from the cantonal police in Bern, the student’s lifeless body was finally discovered at 7:15 p.m. in the Könizberg forest.
Mother Erika M. is still behind bars!
In the days that followed, dozens of police officers combed the area. The area was largely closed, the village in a state of shock: the parents no longer let their children play outside, the streets were deserted. Finally, on February 3, 2022, the authorities announced the arrest of a woman accused of premeditated murder of Lisa M. It was a 30-year-old woman from Bern from the victim’s “family environment”. The residents breathed a sigh of relief, but the horror was still deep.
A little later, Blick research revealed that the suspect is none other than the mother of the dead: Erika M.* (30) is behind bars!
The suspect’s apartment has since been cleared
The seal on Erika M.’s apartment door has now disappeared. “The glue has been gone for about three months now,” says a resident to Blick. “And a few weeks ago, Lisa’s grandparents were here, cleared the furniture out of the apartment and cleaned it.”
There is already a new name on the bell at the bottom of the front door, the sign at the top of the apartment door is still blank. In the property, it is assumed that new neighbors will soon move in. “But it’s still quiet at the moment,” says another resident to Blick. “It’s special. I used to hear the girl playing and now it’s always so quiet.”
Was Lisa M. killed with a stone?
Shortly after the crime, the police asked her if she had heard any suspicious noises. “But I’ve never noticed anything unusual.” The question of how Lisa M. died is still very much on people’s minds in the neighborhood. “I heard she was hit with a stone.” Blick heard about this rumor from several sources, but the cantonal police in Bern remained silent about the circumstances of the little girl’s death.
“The investigation into the death of the girl is ongoing. There is still a female person in custody, »wrote the authority when asked by Blick. She goes on to say: “The pre-trial detention was extended by the responsible authorities until January 1, 2023. Due to the ongoing process and in order not to endanger it, we are not providing any further information on the current status of the investigation. »
Erika M. denies everything
Whether Erika M. actually has her child on her conscience is also hotly debated in Niederwangen BE. Some believe that the young mother is capable of it, since she apparently also had to struggle with psychological problems due to a difficult family situation. Others don’t want to believe the law enforcement theory. “Her father told me that she was doing very badly in custody,” says a woman to Blick. “She says of herself that she is innocent and did nothing.”
What role Lisa Ms mother actually played in the tragedy in early February 2022 will probably be known in court at the earliest. The presumption of innocence applies to the Bern native until a final judgment.
* Names changed