Dead Swiss († 60) in Gasthof Adler – now the host speaks (62)
What happened in hotel room 10?
Felix Zehnder (62) from Gasthof Adler in Birmenstorf AG is busy preparing lunch for his guests. An employee comes to him in the kitchen and says: “Boss, the gentleman in room 10 is dead!” Later it comes out: It’s a homicide.
Felix Zehnder has been running the Gasthof Adler in Birmenstorf since 1989. With a look he talked about the corpse discovery.
It’s a mysterious homicide. As the Aargau public prosecutor published last Friday, the body of a Swiss man (60) was found in a hotel room in the Baden AG area on September 16. The investigation of the forensic medicine points to a violent crime. Two suspects, a Romanian (24) and a German (23), would be in custody. It was only now that the public could be informed so as not to jeopardize the evidence.
Blick research now shows: The man was found in the Adler in Birmenstorf AG. The inn has been run by Felix Zehnder (62) since 1989. He recalls with horror the moment when his guest’s body was found on the second floor. “The weekly cleaning of the guest rooms was pending,” he says. Suddenly, shortly after 10 a.m., an employee came to him: “Boss, the gentleman in room 10 is dead!” He went straight away.
The restaurateur didn’t look long
“I saw him lying on the ground,” says Zehnder. “His head was already dark from decomposition.” He didn’t look long. “I closed the door and alerted the police.”
According to Blick information, Fabio T.* is the one killed. “He’s lived here for about five years,” says Zehnder. His room was paid for by a social institution. “I didn’t have much contact with him. He only came down every now and then to have a coffee or buy cigarettes.” Then T. often got on the bus.
Was Fabio T. too loud at night?
At night, however, T. kept getting loud. “Maybe because he was under certain influences,” says Zehnder. Did this bother the Romanians and the Germans? “I don’t know it.” All he knew was that the Romanian worked and had had a room in the inn since the beginning of the year, while the German had had a room for about three years.
Why wasn’t the death noticed earlier? «T I’ve been gone for a week before. That’s why we didn’t notice it,” says Zehnder. He also recently said that he wanted to clean himself. And: There are various smells on the upper floors. “But that Friday was more extreme.”
When the body was found, the suspects were gone
The suspects were not there at the time. “They came back after a few days,” says Zehnder. Then they were arrested. He does not know whether they have confessed. But: “They were never violent towards me.”
He last saw T. on the previous Saturday, says Zehnder. The sight of the corpse was not easy for him and his employees. It’s a shame they didn’t realize it sooner. “But it would have had no more influence on his death.”
The public prosecutor’s office only published that the victim and the two suspects knew each other and that the investigation into the exact course of events would continue.
It is the presumption of innocence.
* Name known