This is one of those weird news stories that sometimes tickle my fancy so I had to share.

Petra Pazsitka disappeared in 1984 a year later a man identified as Gunter K confessed to her murder.  However Ms. Pazsitka seems to be feeling much better now, or at the very least is not dead and living in Dusseldorf, Germany.

When Pazsitka disappeared there was a massive police effort looking for the then-24-year-old student in Braunschweig.  She was reported missing when she didn’t show up for her brother’s birthday. But two weeks ago police learned there was no foul play involved, she disappeared on purpose.

As reported in the International Business Times:

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The 55 year-old was found living under a false name, understood to be Mrs Schneider, in Düsseldorf two weeks ago by police investigating a burglary. When questioned Pazsitka told the officers the name on the house door was not hers and she was the student from Braunschweig that had gone missing 31 years ago. She used a long since out-of-date identity card to prove that she was the missing girl.

Pazsitka then confessed that she had taken part in a plan to move into an apartment she had been secretly renting and that she had saved DEM4,000 (€20,000) to create a new life for herself. It emerged that she had lived in several cities in West Germany without a passport, a driver’s licence or a social security card. It is believed she had been living off illicit cash-in-hand work.

Pazsitka had just completed a university thesis on computer languages when she vanished and was last sighted going to the dentist on 26 July, 1984. She left the surgery in order to take the bus to see her parents in nearby Wolfsburg, according to a friend.

A year later her case appeared on a German TV Show “Aktenzeichen XY, (Case number XY … Unsolved)” a program similar to “America’s Most Wanted: here in America. After that broadcast:

….police arrested a man, a 19 year-old carpenter’s apprentice known only as Gunter K, who subsequently confessed that he had killed a 14 year-old girl near the bus stop where Pazsitka was supposed to be travelling from. He also admitted to killing Pazsitka and she was officially declared dead in 1989.

A spokesperson for Braunschweig and Wolfsburg Police said: “As to the motive of her disappearance, she gave no explanation and expressly said that she continues to want no contact with the public or her family.”

Personally I am just happy she is feeling better.