GmundenGMUNDEN, AUSTRIA — After killing and dismembering his wife, an elderly man used her dismembered head as weight to drown himself.

On Sunday, a man in Gmunden found a suitcase floating near the shore of Lake Traunsee. He called police after opening the suitcase and finding that it contained a pair of hands and feet.

The next day, a police dog would find a second suitcase that also contained human remains later identified as a 71-year-old woman. That same day, police divers would find the body of the dead woman’s 72-year-old husband in the lake – weighted down by the decapitated head of his wife.

According to investigators, the man strangled his wife sometime between December 25 and January 1st. He then dismembered his wife with a saw and placed the body parts in the suitcases found floating in the lake.

But he had entombed her decapitated head in concrete, along with some personal items, then tied the concrete block to his hand before throwing himself in the water. He drowned without a struggle, state prosecutor Birgit Ahamer said.

Police officials have not released the couple’s identity, aside from saying they were from Germany.

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