Christine Schwarz is a Missing Woman

Christina Schwarz (Missing Person)

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Nickname: Unknown
Alternative Name: Unknown

La Apoda: Desconocido
Nombres alternativos: Desconocido


Disappearance (Desaparición)

Missing from: Bad Aussee Train Station, Bad Aussee, Austria, 8990
Date Missing: June 2, 2017 (Friday)
Suspect: Unknown

Falta de: Estación de tren de Bad Aussee, Bad Aussee, Austria, 8990
Falta en la fecha: 2 de junio de 2017 (viernes)
Sospechoso: Desconocido


Circumstances (Circunstancias)

Christine had not always been mentally secure, suffering from bi-polar disorder and the resulting depressive and manic episodes at times in the past. But she had recently been doing very well and had found a new hobby to devote herself to with a passion.

Despite being significantly older than the typical ballet student, Christine had become enthusiastic about learning to dance. She was just starting out, but did not let that dissuade her from dreaming of becoming a professional dancer. Although employed as a sociologist at a local after-school care center, she spent most of her time seeking to improving her dancing skills. Every opportunity she could find, Christine danced her way through life; she was happy to spend most of her free time to exploring this new life adventure.

Christine Schwarz presenting at the 1st Science Slam in Linz on January 20, 2015.

Unfortunately, there is some suggestion that she had also begun to discontinue taking her medication as she was afraid that it would hinder her from developing her dancing abilities to their full potential (Kurier). There was also evidence found on her computer later that revealed she had researched the topic of suicide to quite an extent. Though whether that research was for herself or regarding one of the children or refugees she was helping with at her job or with the various charities she volunteered with is not clear.

Along with a group of her friends, Christine had helped to set up and promote a community event designed to bring locals and refugees together. She was set to perform that evening, dancing for the event before enjoying the rest of the evening with her friends. It was a resounding success and Christine appeared excited and happy when she parted with her friends. That would be the last time her friends and family would see her; Christine would vanish seemingly without a trace in the days that followed.

Christine initially told her parents she planned to spend the weekend of Pentecost at a local convent with the Sisters of Mary of Mount Carmel (Marienschwestern vom Karmel) in Linz. However, as the following Wednesday approached (June 7) and the time passed for when she was expected back home and at work, her family reported her missing after not hearing from her.

Unexpectedly, the convent reported that Christine had never arrived there and that they had not heard from her. Friends and roommates had also not seen or heard from the young woman; neither had her workplace. Her cell phone was off and could not be used to trace her.

It was now that her family learned that Christine had shared different plans for the weekend with her friends form the dance project. According to them, she left early that night, excited about a trip she had organized to go hiking. As police launched their investigation, rumored sightings came in of Christine on June 6 in the Dachstein mountains in the area of Obertraun approximately 2 hours South West of Linz.

Photo: Obertraun

Two sightings were significant, the first near the Dachstein Cable Car in Obertraun and one on the hiking trail near the Koppenbr√ľhler Cave. The mountainous region offers hiking enthusiasts numerous trails and trecks through the mountains and along the lovely Obertraun valley, as well as views of the breathtaking scenes near Lake Hallstatt. The vistas have been described as the most lovely landscapes in Austria.

Hikers taking the Dachstein cable car are treated to sweeping glimpses of the rocky crags and karst topography (landscape that has naturally formed as water converts carbon dioxide into carbonic acid). The region is covered in naturally forming caves, cliffs, sinkholes, and sheer hillsides. The Obertraun website even suggests the potential of seeing an Alpine Chamois, a goat-antelope that wanders the region.

Dachstein Cable Car, Photo: Obertraun

In addition to the more strenuous trips for expert climbers in the mountains, there are several easy and family friendly routes along the Koppental and Obertraun valleys.

Koppenbr√ľhler Cave, located in this region, is one of three caves in the Dachstein area and has a significant maze of underground waterways. It is usually accessed via an easy footpath that starts about 15 minutes from the cave entrance but passes along the Koppentraun river. The river itself can run smoothly most of the year but in spring as the ice and snow melts, it turns into a raging river. That said, in June, some have speculated that it should not have been that deep and would rather have been at the stage for wading. It should be noted that temperatures in the cave are cold (~42F) and are often below freezing within the cave itself; thus visitors are warned to wear warm clothing. That said, the website states that the caves are safe for children and thus should be fairly secure.

An officer in the local police force would contact the investigator in charge of Christine’s case; he and his wife recognized her from the old railway tunnel on the footpath near the cave on June 2nd. According to them, Christine was only wearing flip flops and a light sundress (Kurier). Articles also suggest she was seen near the Dachstin cable car.

Entrance to Koppenbr√ľller Cave (Photo: Dachstein Krippenstein)

Police immediately began combing the area for traces of Christine, utilizing dogs and helicopters to help them search the vast region. One of the dogs found the trail of Christine near the Koppenbr√ľhler Cave; three hours later the path led them to the Bad Aussee train station. It appears that police believe she traveled from the Cave to the train station, but where she went afterwards is unknown. Nor were police able to uncover where she had been between June 2 to June 6.

Her friends and family still find the thought of her committing suicide hard to believe, and certainly her body has not yet been recovered. Friends from her dance project agree that she seemed at peace with herself and excited when she left, not showing signs of depression or a manic episode from their perspective. Christine had also just submitted a job application as a train conductor on May 29, only four days before she vanished. Furthermore, going towards the Bad Aussee train would have put Christine on route to return to Linz where she was expected to be returning. It is certainly possible that this trip was just the last on her way home and that something untoward occurred either on the way to or upon her return to Linz. The witnesses did not mention observing her with luggage or any backpack, so one wonders where her other belongings went.

Some online speculate that Christine may have returned to Spain where she spent at tyear in 2011 – 2012 as an Erasmus student, but there is no apparent evidence to support this (All Mystery).


Description (Descripción)

  • Date of Birth:
  • Age: 31*
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Nationality: Austria
  • Gender at Birth: Female
  • Hair: Curly Brunette, Medium Length
  • Eye Color: Blue or Green
  • Height: ~ 5’4″ (165cm)
  • Weight: Thin or Slender (~120lbs)
  • Languages Spoken: Unknown
  • Fecha de Nacimiento:
  • A√Īos: 31
  • Etnia: Cauc√°sico
  • Nacionalidad: Austria
  • Sexo al nacer: Feminino
  • Color de Pelo: pelo casta√Īo rizado, longitud media
  • Color de los ojos: Azul o Verde
  • Altura: ~ 5’4″ (165cm)
  • Peso: Delgado (~ 55-60kg)
  • Idiomas: Desconocido

The articles vary on whether she was 30, 31, or 32. Most concur with age 31


Distinguishing Marks or Factors (Características Distintivas)

  • Wore Eyeglasses
  • Llevaba anteojos

Medical Concerns (Atención Médica)

  • Christine suffered from bi-polar disorder and had experienced depression and manic episodes in the past. She may have stopped taking her medication when she disappeared.
  • Christine sufr√≠a de trastorno bipolar y hab√≠a experimentado depresi√≥n y episodios man√≠acos en el pasado. Es posible que haya dejado de tomar su medicaci√≥n cuando desapareci√≥.


Suspect (Sospechoso)

  • Unknown
  • Desconocido

Clothing (Ropa)

  • Flip-Flops
  • Light Sundress
  • Chancletas
  • Vestido Ligero

Vehicle (Vehículo)

  • Unknown
  • Desconocido

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Resources

  • German Missing Blogspot (2020) “√ĖSTERREICH: Vermisst Christine Schwarz (2017)”, 15 May, Link.
  • Ober√∂sterreich-News (2017) ‘Polizei sucht nach vermisster Linzerin’, 13 June, Link.
  • Von Elisabeth Hofer (2020) “Verschwunden im Schatten der Berge”, Kurier, 24 May, Link.
  • Gr√ľner, J. (2017) “Wanderin aus Linz noch immer vermisst: Polizei bittet um Hinweise”, Mein Bezirk, 12 June, Link.
  • Von Elisabeth Hofer and Tobias Pehb√∂ck (2020) “Im Schatten der Berge: Das Verschwinden der Christine Schwarz”, Kurier, 24 May, Link.
  • Laikaaaaa (2020) “Christine Schwarz aus Linz vermisst (2017)”, All Mystery, 17 May, Link.

Podcasts:

  • Dunkle Spuren (2020) “Im Schatten der Berge, Teil 1/2: Christines letzter Tanz”, 15 May, Link
  • Dunkle Spuren (2020) “Im Schatten der Berge, Teil 2/2: Christines letzter Tanz”, 22 May, Link

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