German police arrest woman for allegedly murdering doppelgänger to fake her own death

Police search a wooded area in Ingolstadt in August 2022 as part of the investigation.

(CNN)German police have arrested a woman on suspicion of murdering a doppelgänger she sought out online in order to fake her own death.

The 23-year-old German-Iraqi woman is being held at a prison in Ingolstadt, southern Germany, in connection with the death of a 23-year-old Algerian woman, Ingolstadt police spokesperson Andreas Aichele told CNN on Tuesday. A 23-year-old Kosovan man is also in custody in connection with the murder.
The parents of the German-Iraqi suspect reported her missing on August 16 last year. Her car was later found in Ingolstadt with the body of a woman inside. She had been stabbed multiple times and her face was disfigured.
    Tributes to the victim pictured on August 23, 2022.
    Police and her parents initially identified the body as that of the missing woman. However an autopsy and DNA analysis revealed that it was not her, but a different woman who looked "strikingly similar" to her. The victim was later identified as a 23-year-old Algerian woman.
      The German-Iraqi woman was arrested on August 18 after police tracked her to the Kosovan man's apartment, according to police.