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German boyfriend arrested over the death of British woman, 22, during 'sex game gone wrong'


A British woman found dead in a Swiss hotel room had been heard arguing with her boyfriend at 3am before she died ‘after a sex game went wrong.’

Anna Florence Reed, 22, was discovered at around 7am on Tuesday on a bathroom floor after shouting was heard coming from her room, according to Swiss media.

Her German boyfriend Marc Schatzle, 29, has been arrested and is facing a charge of pre-intentional homicide, a lesser charge than murder.

Local press said other guests complained at 3am on the Tuesday to the porter after hearing arguing coming from the couple’s room.

Marc Schatzle, 29, is pictured with Anna Florence Reed, 22, he has been arrested and is facing a charge of pre-intentional homicide, a lesser charge than murder

Marc Schatzle, 29, is pictured with Anna Florence Reed, 22, he has been arrested and is facing a charge of pre-intentional homicide, a lesser charge than murder

A post-mortem examination was said to have confirmed Miss Reed died from suffocation or asphyxiation and had small fractures and cuts on her body, local media reports (pictured on Facebook with her boyfriend Marc Schatzle)

A post-mortem examination was said to have confirmed Miss Reed died from suffocation or asphyxiation and had small fractures and cuts on her body, local media reports (pictured on Facebook with her boyfriend Marc Schatzle)

Anna Florence Reed

Anna Florence Reed

Anna Florence Reed, 22, was discovered dead in the bathroom of the hotel where she was staying with her German boyfriend in the town of Lorcano

Miss Reed died from asphyxiation and had small fractures and cuts on her body, according to local reports. Her boyfriend has been arrested

Miss Reed died from asphyxiation and had small fractures and cuts on her body, according to local reports. Her boyfriend has been arrested

The couple arrived at the luxurious Hotel La Palma au Lac in Locarno last Saturday and were due to stay for ‘several days’ in the premium top floor.

Staff at the hotel were alerted after guests reportedly heard shouting and screaming, the Swiss French-language newspaper Le Matin reports.

Paramedics were called but she could not be revived and was declared dead at the scene.

Her boyfriend was said to have been arrested and told police the holidaymaker died during a sex game, Corriere del Ticino reports.

On Facebook Anna – a former pupil at £14,000-a-year Ashville College in Harrogate – is pictured embracing her heavily-tattooed partner in several photographs. Police have refused to confirm he is the man arrested.

A barber, who works in Raintown Barbershop in Regensdorf, Switzerland, said the tattooed man, who has the word ‘warrior’ inked above his left eyebrow and other facial inkings, had been his customer.

He said: ‘I knew him as a customer, not a friend. He came in two or three times. I cut his hair. I recognise him because of his tattoos. I only know his first name. I have never heard his surname.

‘He did tell me that he lived in Germany not Switzerland. And he speaks German not Swiss German. He said he is sometimes in Zurich and when he was in Zurich he would come in and get his hair cut. I last saw him sometime last year.’  

Social media posts showed Miss Reed had travelled extensively in the last few years

Social media posts showed Miss Reed had travelled extensively in the last few years

Public prosecutor Petra Canonica Alexakis interrogated the suspect in prison on Thursday. She then requested he remains in custody.

The autopsy report is not due before the weekend.

On Thursday new details emerged about the hours before his arrest.

It was about 6.30am on Tuesday and Anna’s boyfriend left their room and took the lift down to the lobby.

He appeared ‘agitated’ and told the receptionist that his girlfriend ‘had a problem with her health’.

A source said: ‘They had checked in as a couple on the weekend. They were shown to Room 501. All seemed fine.

‘But then early on Tuesday morning he appeared in the reception. He was agitated and said his girlfriend had a problem with her health, that she was ill.

‘The receptionist could tell by his tone that it was serious so called an ambulance immediately.

‘A few minutes later the ambulance was at the hotel. The medics went straight up to the room. She was on the floor of the bathroom.

‘They tried to resuscitate her but there was no response. She was already dead. It was the ambulance crew who then alerted the police. The cause of death was not clear.

‘The boyfriend was spoken to at the hotel by police and then he went to a police station. He was interrogated and he cooperated. He was then arrested at the end of the afternoon.’

A post-mortem examination was said to have confirmed she died from suffocation or asphyxiation and had small fractures and cuts on her body, local media reports.   

Swiss police said in a statement: ‘A 29-year-old German man has been arrested and a file has been sent to the local prosecutor with an allegation of pre-intentional homicide.’   

Ms Reed’s father Clive, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, was said to be ‘utterly devastated’ at the news which comes five years after his wife passed away. 

The pair pictured together on holiday in a desert - Schatzle wears Middle Eastern dress while his girlfriend has cloth over her face

The pair pictured together on holiday in a desert – Schatzle wears Middle Eastern dress while his girlfriend has cloth over her face

Photos on Marc Schatzle's Facebook showed him travelling around the world with his 22-year-old British girlfriend

Photos on Marc Schatzle’s Facebook showed him travelling around the world with his 22-year-old British girlfriend

Schatzle (second from left) and Ms Reed (centre) can be seen at a nightclub in this photo from the German's Facebook account

Schatzle (second from left) and Ms Reed (centre) can be seen at a nightclub in this photo from the German’s Facebook account

It is understood that he has flown out to Switzerland to visit the Ramada La Palma au Lac in Locarno, in Switzerland, where his daughter died. 

An employee of Mr Reed, at Copgrove Hall Stud in Occaney where he is a trustee, told MailOnline: ‘This is horrendous for the family. 

‘Clive is utterly devastated and no one can believe what has happened. We’re aware of the tragedy and it is terrible, just absolutely shocking.’

The worker told how Clive’s wife Mary had died five years ago, adding: ‘It’s not for me to say how she passed away but this is the second awful tragedy to hit the family.

‘I didn’t know Anna but everyone said she was a very bright and beautiful young woman.’

A former neighbour of Mr Reed said: ‘This is dreadful news. Clive doesn’t deserve all this heartache. 

‘He’s a decent, hard working, very private person and keeps himself to himself. I can’t imagine what’s he and his family are going through right now.’ 

A spokesman for the Foreign Office told MailOnline that British and Swiss police were in contact with their staff. 

He said: ‘Our consular staff are assisting the family of a British woman following her death in Switzerland and are in contact with the Swiss and UK police.’

The tattooed Schatzle wears a heavy leather jacker in this picture from social media, with ink covering his cheekbones and jawline

The tattooed Schatzle wears a heavy leather jacker in this picture from social media, with ink covering his cheekbones and jawline

Marc Schatzle has tattoos across his body, including one over his left eyebrow which says 'Warrior'

Marc Schatzle has tattoos across his body, including one over his left eyebrow which says ‘Warrior’

Ramada La Palma au Lac in Locarno, Switzerland, where Anna Florence Reed was found dead on Tuesday morning

Ramada La Palma au Lac in Locarno, Switzerland, where Anna Florence Reed was found dead on Tuesday morning 

Locarno and Maggiore Lake in Ticino, Switzerland. The hotel where Miss Reed was found sits on the picturesque lake

Locarno and Maggiore Lake in Ticino, Switzerland. The hotel where Miss Reed was found sits on the picturesque lake 

The couple had been staying at the four-star 68-room hotel Ramada La Palma au Lac and had arrived the night before Miss Reed’s body was found. 

They had paid a premium to secure Room 501 on the top floor and had been due to stay ‘several days’. 

Local media reported that raised voices were heard coming from their room and the night porter was called to intervene the night before she was found.

The boyfriend is being held in prison in Farera.

Anna’s family is believed to be arriving in Switzerland today.

A source said: ‘They are being helped by the authorities and are expected to be coming out here.’

Lake Maggiore is a popular location for tourists with cruises and boat trips of the picturesque mountains and water.  

The 100-year-old Ramada La Palma au Lac hotel is also home to the Locarno International Film Festival, which is held every August.

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