On Jul 26, 1984, Petra Pazsitka never arrived at her destination. She without a trace from her home in Braunschweig, Germany. Five years and countless extensive manhunts later, she was officially declared dead.
Despite the fact that her body was never found, a man who had raped and killed a 14-year-old girl in the same area confessed to her murder, only to later retract that statement.
At the time, she was a 24-year-old computer science student with a promising career ahead of her.
It wasn’t until September 11, when authorities received a call regarding a burglary in Düsseldorf, more than 200 miles away from her hometown, that the truth finally came to light. Petra was alive and well. When she was unable to provide some identification for the officers who responded to her call, she eventually had to confess her unbelievable story.
Now 55, she explained that she had lived in various cities for the past 30 years without proper documentation. She also had been living under different aliases.
What she didn’t make clear was why she disappeared in the first place. However, it seems she had been planning to become invisible for quite some time. It was reported that she secretly saved money in order to prepare, and always paid for everything in cash so she couldn’t be traced.
“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,” said spokesman for Braunschweig Police.
Authorities will not be charging her with a crime.