At the end of November 2021, Anne Maja Reiniger-Egler (45) said goodbye to her daughter Clara (10). The girl should spend the weekend with her ex-husband Andreas Egler (46). The ex-soccer player gave her a weekend in London for her birthday. But the journey never takes place. And Clara never comes back.
Instead, Reiniger-Egler received a farewell letter from her ex-husband. He fled to Paraguay. Together with his new wife, he also kidnapped their daughter Lara (11), as the German “WAZ” reports.
“We would like to inform you that we will be extending our weekend trip with the children indefinitely,” the letter said. The reason he gives is “the precarious political situation in Germany”.
Paraguay deliberately chosen
In the letter, Egler outed himself as an opponent of vaccination and a conspiracy theorist. He compares the German pandemic policy with the Nazi regime. The former German U20 national player also claims to be a supporter of the extremist QAnon movement.
The destination Paraguay is no coincidence. For many corona skeptics, the country is a place of longing and a land of freedom. According to a report by “SWR”, around 26,000 Germans live in the South American country.
The search for the two kidnapped children is ongoing. The police have released pictures of those they are looking for. The German public prosecutor’s office in Essen is also investigating, as is Interpol. But getting the children back is proving difficult. Child abduction is not a criminal offense in Paraguay. “Everyone just shrugs their shoulders,” says the desperate mother.
Mom doesn’t want to give up
Reiniger-Egler is also pushing ahead with the search in Germany. As the daughter of the former mayor of Essen, Wolfgang Reiniger (78), she has good contacts in politics. She now uses this to advance the search.
According to a report by “Spiegel”, Filip Blank, father of Lara, who is also missing, has been trying to reach his ex-wife for months. He has since published a public appeal on Facebook. He will “work to ensure that we finally get back together as a family,” he says to his ex-wife.
Both Filip Blank and Anne Maja Reiniger-Egler traveled to Paraguay to put pressure on. The authorities had already been about to be accessed, but shortly before the raid, Andreas Egler fled with the children.
However, the mother does not want to give up. She turns every stone, “even if it takes years. She used to run marathons. “I have staying power.” (zis)