(NEWSER) – A German woman assumed to have been murdered more than 30 years ago was found alive by police earlier this month, NBC News reports. But far from solving the mystery of her disappearance, her unexpected return is only deepening it. According to the Daily Express, 24-year-old Petra Pazsitka left her dentist to take a bus to her family's house in 1984 and was never seen again.

Police searched for her to no avail, and it was assumed she had been murdered, NBC reports. In fact, a man suspected of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl in the same area where Pazsitka was last seen confessed to her murder in 1987. But her body was never found.

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