The so-called 'YOGTZE Case' refers to the unexplained death of German Food Engineer Günther Stoll in 1984, to this day much is still unknown about his final hours and it remains one of Germanys most enduring mysteries. Background to his death
Günther Stoll was a 34 year old unemployed food engineer who was living in Anzhausen with his wife in 1984. According to his wife for several months he had been displaying the symptoms of increasing paranoia.
On more then one occasion he had spoken to her of people he only referred to as 'Sie' or 'them', he alleged they were out to harm him and that he had seen them following him on several occasions though she has said she never noticed anyone. Despite her prompting him on more then one occasion to elaborate about who they were he never did. YOGTZE
Late on the night of October 25th, Günther had been telling his wife once again of a threat that 'they' posed when he suddenly stood up and declared "Jetzt geht mir ein Licht auf!" Or "Now I've got it!". His wife said he then fetched a scrap of paper and wrote down 'YOGTZE'. This has also been suggested to be 'YOG'TZE' or 'YO6TZE' depending on interpretations of Günthers handwriting. He then immediately crossed this cryptic note out. Later that Night
Günther didnt explain what this meant to his wife and instead left his home driving his Volkswagen Golf, he is next known to have visited his favourite pub in Wilsndorf. Shortly after arriving there he was witnessed ordering a beer before he fell over, injuring his head. Witnesses believed he wasnt drunk due to only having ordered his beer and he hadnt been acting drunk prior to the fall.
He lost consciousness for several minutes after the fall but upon waking up, Günther headed for his car and drove away, witnesses said he had been distressed about his collapse and had seemed anxious to leave without answering questions. The next two hours are unknown as no one witnessed him during that time. Around 1am on October 26th he arrived at Haigerseelbach where he had grown up.
While visiting Haigerseelbach, Günther had encountered a woman with whom he had grown up. She said he had woken her up by banging at her door and she only opened the door enough to speak to him. She described him as acting agitated and said he spoke of some kind of terrible incident but wasnt specific.
when later questioned by police further she suggested he was speaking of this terrible incident as if it would happen soon rather then having already happened. She suggested that he should visit his parents who still lived nearby and tell them about it and he left. It isnt known if Günther followed this advice though his parents claim not to have seen him that night. Günthers Death
What Günther did for the next two hours is again unknown, around 3am on the morning of October 26th his car was spotted lying in a ditch alongside the A45 section of the Autobahn just before the Hagen-Süd exit.
Two truck drivers later testified to having seen a man in a long white-grey coat or possibly a lab-coat, walking around the car and appearing to be injured. The truck drivers called in what they had seen before pulling over and hurrying back to the car.
The man in the white coat was nowhere to be found when they reached the car but the men did find Günther Stoll, naked and seated in the passenger seat of the car. He was severely injured but conscious and told the two truck drivers that 4 men had been in the car with him but fled after the crash. One of the drivers had asked if these men were friends and he had shaken his head.
Günther Stoll died on his way to hospital. Investigation
The police investigation into Günthers death found that the majority of his injuries had been sustained before his car crash. His injuries were consistent with having been run over before being placed in his car prior to the crash. Investigators also concluded that he had already been naked when he was run over, his missing clothes were never recovered.
It was established through a forensic examination of his car that his car hadnt been the one that ran him over. No fingerprints are believed to have been recovered from the vehicle other then Günthers and his wifes.
The individual in the white coat seen by the truck drivers was never found and another man seen hitchhiking at the Hagen-Süd exit around the time of the crash was never identified. Theories Murder
It's highly likely that no matter what was going on with Günther prior to the night of October 25th-26th, he was murdered by someone driving a different car to his. Its likely that he may have been run over by this unknown person before he climbed into or was put into his own car naked and fled for some distance before his injuries caused him to lose control and crash into the ditch.
Exactly why he was naked or where his clothes went is unknown, reasons for his being naked have been suggested such as an affair he may have been involved in at the time or the effects of some kind of drugs that might have made him remove them.
Considering the fact he was able to convey information to those first on scene but didnt name his assailant or assailants would suggest he didnt know who they were.
If Günther did know someone who was out to get him he may have been too scared to identify them and considering two witnesses say that there was at least one other individual at the scene it would appear that someone out there does indeed know more about the case, by not coming forward it all but guarantees there is foul play involved. Suicide
Another likely scenario is that Günther was either in the middle of a psychotic episode or had become manic before he left that night. He may have been hit by a car having run into the road somewhere on the Autobahn and then made it back to his car before crashing. In this case while someone must know who ran him over that night they may not have intended to harm him specifically.
This would explain why he may not have known who harmed him or why it has proven so difficult to find a motive for why anyone would have wanted to kill him. Accident
Much like the suicide theory it's possible that due to some sort of mental problems that Günther was having he had ended up having an accident, some people have suggested that while police believe he was run over by a different vehicle to his own it may still be possible he ran himself over with his car and the subsequent crash into the ditch prevented identifying his car as the one that hit him. The Significance of YOGTZE
Depending on what you believe happened to Günther that night, the note he scribbled before leaving his home may hold the key to the case or simply be a dead end with no significance.
Some believe that the note was actually a license plate number that he had been trying to remember. In this case it would most likely have been Y06TZ3 as no other arrangement would fit a european licence plate format at the time. This hasnt lead to any new leads in the case however.
It was discovered shortly after Günthers death that Y06TZE is the call sign of a Romanian radio station, most have dismissed this as coincidence as it doesnt seem to have any possible connection to the unemployed food engineer.
Knowing that he was a qualified food engineer, it might be that YOGTZE was referencing Yogurt with YOG in which TZE is in fact the code used for a type of Artificial Flavouring. The significance of this isnt clear.
It has also been pointed out that YOGTZE is an anagram of Zygote, the earliest developmental stage of an organism. The term is sometimes used when referring to genetic enhancement of foods and might have been referencing a project that Günther had been working on.
An eagle-eyed blogger in the early 2000's also indicated that YOGTZE as it had been written appeared to be written to be read backwards, when flipped and with a dot that might have been an apostrophe included it becomes 027,906, the significance of such a number isnt known. When entered as various latitude, longitude coordinates this appears to give results of a small Hawaiian island and an area deep in the arctic. Conclusion
It's likely that the death of Günther Stoll will never be solved, with the passage of time the case has gone cold and there has been little new developments since that October night.
The meaning of YOGTZE may hold the key to why he died or it could be irrelevant, the ramblings of someone suffering a mental illness.
What do you believe YOGTZE might refer to and what do you think likely happened to Günther that night? Wikipedia Link Article Link The YOGTZE Note comparison