Three Germans Arrested as Suspects in Double Murder Linked to Stradivarius Violin Theft in Paraguay

Police have arrested three Germans on suspicion of murdering a famous archeologist and his teenage daughter in Paraguay.

Police Investigations Chief Hugo Grance told AFP News on Nov. 10 that they arrested Volkner Grannass, 58, Yves Asriel Spartacus Steinmetz, 60, and Stephen Jorg Messing Darchinger, 51, as suspects.

Police found the body of archeologist Bernard von Bredow, 62, with gunshot wounds, as well as burns and bruises, on Oct. 22 at his home in Aregua, east of capital Asuncion.

Police also found the body of von Bredow’s 14-year-old daughter Loreena in the bath tub with a gunshot wound to her stomach.

According to the police, the house had been ransacked during the attack and blood stains were everywhere.

Authorities believe the double murder was connected to the theft of rare Stradivarius violins, which can be worth millions.

“To commit the crime and such a brutal murder it must be because they knew the victims. We’ve found a lot of evidence,” Attorney General Lorena Ledesma said.

Von Bredown was known in Europe as an expert restorer of valuable antique musical instruments.

Ledesma said the murderers were “looking for authentication certificates” in the house, which they needed to sell the violins.

The Stradivarius violins were made by the Italian Stradaviari family, most notably Antonio Stradivari, in the 16th and 17 centuries.

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