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German woman finds lookalike on Instagram, only to kill her to fake own death

A 23-year-old German woman is accused of murdering a lookalike she found on Instagram in an elaborate attempt to fake her own death.

With the help of a friend, she killed the stranger to stage her own death and ‘start a new life due to family problems,’ police and prosecutors in Germany said.

The mystery began last Aug. 16, when the body of a woman who had been stabbed to death was found by the parents of the 23-year-old German-Iraqi female in her parked vehicle in Ingolstadt, according to a statement from police in upper Bavaria north.

But a subsequent autopsy ‘raised serious doubts about the identity of the woman’.

Under German privacy laws, the full names of victims or suspects are not publicly released.

The victim, Khadidja O. was brutally stabbed more than 50 times, with her body left on the back seat of Sharaban K.s Mercedes. Sharaban K. and an accomplice identified as her boyfriend Sheqir K. subsequently went into hiding, it was told.

Police search woods for clues and objects on Aug. 17 near where a female body was discovered in a passenger car in Bavaria.

When the body was found, police traced the car’s registration to Sharaban K’s family. Given the corpse had been disfigured, investigators assumed that she was the victim.

However, a subsequent autopsy report uncovered that the actual victim was Khadidja O. prompting an investigation into the bizarre case dubbed ‘the doppelganger murder’ by local media.

This week, police charged Sharaban K. with murder. Prosecutors say she searched Instagram in a bid to find a victim who matched her physical appearance.

Tributes lie by a tree near which a female body was discovered in a passenger car in Ingolstadt, Germany, in August

According to the Bavarian police, the main suspect contacted the victim through social media in early August and arranged a meeting on Aug. 16. She traveled with her friend in her car to the greater Heilbronn area, around 150 miles west of Ingolstadt, to pick up the victim at home, police said.

Attorney General Veronika Grieser told local publication, Bild: ‘It has been confirmed that the accused had contacted several women via Instagram before the act who seemed to look similar to her.

‘It can be assumed that the suspect wanted to go into hiding, due to internal disputes with her family, and fake her own death.’

Victim, Khadija

According to investigators, Sharaban K. connected with beauty blogger Khadidja O. via Instagram sometime last summer, sending her messages about cosmetics.

The alleged perpetrator — identified only as 23-year-old Sharaban K (left). — killed beauty blogger Khadidja O (right) in Ingolstadt, Germany last August, according to investigators.

She reportedly enticed the victim into meeting up by offering her a set of beauty products.

On the day of the crime, Sharaban K. told her parents that she was going to visit her ex-husband in Munich. Instead, she and her boyfriend Sheqir K. allegedly picked up Khadidja O. in a Mercedes.

At some point, investigators believe they turned off into a forest where Khadidja O. was stabbed more than 50 times.

Woman finds lookalike on Instagram, only to kill her to fake own death

The injuries to her face were so severe that she was rendered unrecognizable. Sharaban K. and Sheqir K. then allegedly parked the Mercedes in a place where it would be easily discoverable, leaving the body in the backseat.

When police learned that the victim was not Sharaban K. as initially suspected they were baffled.

They subsequently looked into her social media correspondences and discovered that she had connected with multiple look-a-likes.

They formed the theory that she had murdered one of the women in a wild bid to fake her own death. Sharaban K. was subsequently tracked down and arrested.

This week, she was officially charged with murder and faces life in prison if found guilty of the gruesome crime. Sheqir K. has also been charged as an accomplice and is similarly facing jail time.

Arrest warrants on suspicion of murder have now been issued for the woman and her friend, police in the southern city of Ingolstadt, around 50 miles north of the regional capital, Munich, announced Monday. The pair have been in custody since days after the body was discovered.