®Elfriedes family told the police that their phone number was unlisted but that Elfriede carried it with her. Aside from the unlikely possibilities that close friends or relatives were playing a dreadful prank, that information provided a good indication that she had some involvement with the person making the call, whether she had run off or been a victim of foul play.
So taking stock of their situation, in the five-month period from October 1990 through March 1991, one woman had been murdered in
The Austrian Federal Police were concerned but uncertain whether these events were related. For all they knew, Elfriede Schrempf had just decided to leave. There were no real leads, although the police kept on the case for several months. Then just as the investigation began to fade, hikers discovered a set of skeletonized remains in a forested area outside