Mysterious death in Guatemala: German doctor dies at Mayan temple


Nobody will ever know what Dr. Stephan B. (53) searched in the Mayan Empire. One thing is certain: he found death.

A mysterious death has been occupying the authorities in Guatemala (Central America) for days. The body of a German tourist has been found in the jungle near the Tikal temple complex.


dr Stephen B († 53)

dr Stephen B († 53)Photo: Rudel/twitter

▶︎Dr. Stephan B., who worked for the company medical service in Lübeck, flew to Central America at the turn of the year. Last Sunday he booked a trip to Tikal National Park, a 57,000-hectare jungle on the border with Mexico.

Tikal was one of the most important cities of the classic Maya period (3rd to 9th centuries) and is now a World Heritage Site. Scenes for “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” were also filmed in the temple grounds.


The body of Stephan B. was found on this beaten path

The body of Stephan B. was found on this beaten trackPhoto: PNC

Members of the 20-person tour group reported to Dr. Stephan B. missing during Sunday. After visiting the main temple, B. separated from the group. “He wanted to have a look around by himself,” the guide told the park administration when the tourist didn’t appear again. Park rangers and soldiers combed the grounds. Vain.

Corpse lay on jungle path

On Tuesday, nearly 48 hours later, the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture reported: “Today, January 11, at 9 a.m., the body of the German citizen was found.”

dr Stephan B. was found ten kilometers from the starting point. The military released photos showing the body on a jungle path covered in foliage.


Police officers and soldiers are combing the Tikal National Park in search of the German tourist

Police officers and soldiers are combing the Tikal National Park in search of the German touristPhoto: PNC


Mysterious death in Guatemala: German doctor dies at Mayan temple
Photo: BILD

The German embassy expressed “our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased”. “What we can report is that no evidence of a violent death was found,” the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala said on Friday.

The final results of the autopsy would not be available for a few days or weeks. Nothing seems impossible: a stroke, an infarction, poison.

And it goes on to say that “dehydration” is also a conceivable cause of death. Did the German doctor get lost in the green hell of the Maya and then die of thirst?

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