Remains under wrap in German mummy mystery:
A 10-year-old German boy's recent discovery of an Egyptian-like sarcophagus with an actual mummy inside it has sparked the interest of some of Germany's best detectives and forensic investigators.
The child was poking around in his grandmother's attic one August day when he came upon the ghoulish find stashed in a darkened corner.
So far authorities have determined through x-rays that there is in fact a well preserved human body entombed within the curious crypt, but they say the mummy's wrappings, which haven't been removed yet for fear of causing damage, are machine made.
That lowers the odds it's a legitimate ancient mummy from Egypt, pathologists caution. And, moreover, they also think the body is made of mismatched parts ... presenting the possibility of multiple homicides.
In fact, Dr. Andreas Nerlich of Bogenhausen Hospital claims that, while all the remains of the mummy are indeed genuine, "it's a fake, made from several human bodies."
The boy's dad says his own father, now deceased, had traveled to North Africa in the 1950s and is hoping that the grisly artifact is "just a souvenir" the man brought back with him.
Police aren't so sure about this theory though, and unless everything beneath all those 20th century bandages does prove hundreds or thousands of years old, they plan to pursue the matter as a case of foul play.
Doctors gingerly performed a CT scan on the mummified skull which revealed an arrowhead that appears to have mortally pierced the victim in or near the eye socket. But, else wise, all they know for certain is that the rest of the skeleton is intact and coated with or wrapped in some kind of metal.
The German mummy is now at a Hamburg hospital undergoing further tests.
Reported by Eponymous Rox