Graz mystery victim finally identified

The body of a woman who died when a man ploughed his car into a pedestrian shopping street in Graz has finally been identified - two and half weeks after the tragedy.

Graz mystery victim finally identified
Candles in memory of those who died. Photo: Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer

The woman’s brother was able to identify the 53-year-old from Graz after seeing a photograph of her. The siblings were not close but he had planned to meet her on Sunday, and contacted the police when she didn’t turn up.

As she didn’t have a mobile phone and wasn’t answering her door he was able to get hold of a key to her apartment and entered her home on Tuesday evening – but found no sign that she had been home recently.

When he contacted the police they showed him a photo of a woman they had been trying to identify, who had been killed in front of the parish church. He confirmed that it was his sister.

Police had thought she was around 35-years-old but despite appeals nobody had been able to identify her until now. Her brother said that she was very reclusive and had few friends. There had been some speculation that she was a tourist or a beggar, as no one had reported her as missing.

Three people died and 36 were injured after Alen R. deliberately drove his car at high speed into crowds of shoppers on a Saturday in mid-June. One of his victims is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Alen R. is being held in custody in Graz.

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Austria expecting sunny weather this weekend after ‘coldest April since 1997’

After an unusually cold spring, warm sunshine is finally heading for Austria this Mother's Day weekend.

People enjoy sunny weather in Vienna's Stadtpark. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
People enjoy sunny weather in Vienna's Stadtpark. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

Bright sunshine and summer temperatures are predicted for most of the country all weekend, with lovely weather forecast for Mother’s Day on Sunday. 

It’s a significant turn after what was the coldest April in more than two decades. 

The weather will be best in the west of Austria, though on Saturday morning it will be slightly frosty in some Alpine valleys. By Saturday afternoon, temperatures should be over 20 degrees in western Austria and up to 22 degrees in Vorarlberg and Tyrol up to 22 degrees. 

At heights above 2000m it will still be around minus 5 to minus 2 degrees in the morning, in the afternoon around zero degrees on the Schneeberg and 6 degrees in the Ötztal Alps.

On Sunday it will be much warmer. Temperatures will reach 19 degrees in the Bernsteiner and East Styrian areas and go up to 24 degrees around Vienna. 

In Vorarlberg and western Austria it could even get as warm as 28 or 29 degrees, with bright sunshine. However, it will feel cooler in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, due to brisk winds. 

Frosty nights have worried farmers, especially those tending to orchards such as these apricot trees in the Wachau Valley. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

Coldest April since 1997

Spring has been unusually cold this year.

Broadcaster ORF reports it was the coldest April since 1997.

New records have even been set, with minus seven degrees celsius was measured at Graz Airport on April 8th and temperatures of minus 11.8 degrees Celsius recorded at Bad Mitterndorf the next day.