Couple ‘died in car while having sex after turning engine on to keep warm’


A couple who were found dead in their car are believed to have suffocated during sex after turning on the engine to keep warm. The naked bodies of a 39-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were discovered by police in a locked garage in the city of Bottrop in western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Investigators say the pair, whose names have not been released, appeared to have turned on the car engine to get warm. This therefore led to their suffocation. According to officers, nobody had noticed the car engine had been left running for hours behind the metal gate of the garage.

Police opened the garage door because the man’s family had reported that he had been missing for days. Meanwhile, officers in the city had also started an investigation into the woman’s sudden disappearance.

Police said there appeared to be no evidence of a crime but forensic scientists were working hard to establish exactly what happened. Tests are being carried out to ascertain CO levels in the blood of the couple. A police spokesman said: ‘At the moment all evidence points to an accident. ‘To put all doubts to rest, the public prosecutor ordered an autopsy be performed on the bodies.



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