The severely beaten body of a young man with an Israeli passport was discovered in an ancient Franciscan church in Berlin on Sunday, police told Bild.
The body was discovered slouched behind a stone wall an iron fence near Alexanderplatz, in an area usually populated with the homeless, across the street from a courthouse in the Mitte, the most central borough of Berlin.
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Berlin Police found an Israeli passport in the victim’s pocket, complete with full identification, but despite the documentation, the body has been beaten so severely, police can’t compare the man’s face to the passport picture.
“The man’s face was destroyed beyond recognition, ” a police investigator told Bild.
Berlin police released a statement asking the public’s assistance in the homicide investigation, asking to hear from anyone who visited the church area between 8 PM Saturday and 6 AM Sunday.
The Israeli embassy in Berlin is being kept current on the investigation.