DNA analysis of a recently-discovered body in Slovenia resulted in a positive identification.
29-year-old German poker pro Johannes Strassmann has been confirmed deceased following a week-long missing-person case in Slovenia.
Strassmann was reported missing in Ljubljana on Saturday June 21 after dissapearing from the city's old town while out with a group of local poker players he had been coaching.
The following Friday a body was found in the Ljubljana River and was positively identified as Strassmann by DNA analysis.
Strassmann was a respected member of the poker community and was regularly found playing live poker tournaments around the world.
His final tournament result was just a few months ago at EPT Monte Carlo where he finished 50th in the main event.
Slovenian police issued the following statement after completing the DNA analysis:
On June 22, 2014, Police directorate Ljubljana got the report about a missing person, a 29-year-old German citizen. The German citizen had been missing since 10 p.m. on June 21, 2014.
Gornji trg [street] in Ljubljana was the last location where the 29-year-old German citizen had been seen. The Slovenian police started to investigate immediately.
During the investigation, the police officers checked several different locations in Ljubljana (hospitals, hotels, abandoned buildings, Ljubljanica River...) with a help of a helicopter, police dogs, and police boat. At the same time, we promptly checked all the information gathered from our citizens.
A male body was discovered yesterday (Friday) morning in the Ljubljanica River.
National Forensic Laboratory has identified (by DNA test) the man who was found dead in the Ljubljanica River as a 29-year-old German citizen who had been missing.
The criminal police investigators excluded a violent criminal offence. The laboratory tests of bodily fluids are still ongoing.