Troy Phillip Boehling, 30, has been identified as the man who pushed two women off a 165-foot cliff near Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.
An American tourist has been identified for allegedly pushing a bachelor to his death in Germany’s ‘Cinderella’ castle recently.
Troy Philip Bohling, 30, of Lincoln Park, Michigan, was visiting Germany on a tourist visa when he allegedly pushed two women down a 165-foot chasm near Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.
He is charged with murder, attempted murder and attempted sexual assault following the death of 21-year-old Eva Liu.
Her friend Kelsey Chang, 22, miraculously survived falling into the same ditch after falling from a tree.
The 30-year-old, who was staying at a boarding house in the town of Oberstoff, was arrested at the scene and video showed him being led away in handcuffs.
Kelsey Chang (left), 22, who survived being thrown 165 feet from Germany’s ‘Cinderella’ castle, has been released from hospital. Eva Liu (right) died from her injuries
Boehling faces charges of murder, attempted murder and sexual assault
Boehling fled the scene but was caught Wednesday afternoon after a police operation involving 25 emergency vehicles
The alleged killer lives with his brother Trevor, 34, in a small house (pictured) in Lincoln Park, Michigan.
Police and the public prosecutor investigating the incident declined to name the suspect in accordance with German law.
Bohling lived with his brother Trevor in a one-story house about 20 minutes from Detroit and paid $1,400 a month.
Neighbors described him as ‘quiet’ and not very friendly and said the brothers were often away for long periods. They assumed that the pair worked in the oil field.
A camping chair and snow shovel standing on the porch apparently hadn’t been moved in years.
The brothers mostly stayed inside, the neighbor added, only being seen outside ‘walking their cat in the garden’. ‘The family is strange. Troy will never look you down as he comes and goes.
‘I’m shocked that he’s been charged, I’m scared that he might have done something here and no one has figured it out yet.’
At Boehling’s parents’ home in Lake Erie, his mother Mary, 54, denied that her son was in Germany.
Two patrol cars from the local sheriff’s office were parked outside.
Mary told German newspaper Bild: ‘My son is not in Germany at all. We need to find out what happened – we won’t comment.’
Her father was seen making frantic calls on the phone.
Boehling attended Allen Park High School near Detroit and was described by former classmates as shy and introverted.
Another person who knew him only briefly said the alleged killer spent a lot of time playing the role-playing game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ at the library in his hometown of Allen Park.
His former classmates at Allen Park High School near Detroit said he was a shy and introverted boy who played in the school band and had a girlfriend.
A former friend of the alleged killer, with whom he spent several summers at a camp, said he was ‘introverted, shy, quiet and a little strange’ but ultimately friendly.
He said that doing something like an invasion of Germany would be the opposite of ‘the Troy he knew ten years ago’.
Court records show he faced embezzlement charges in 2016, but there was no trial and the matter was dropped.
Boehling attended Allen Park High School near Detroit and was described by former classmates as shy and introverted. He is pictured with his family
Court records show that Boehling (left) faced embezzlement charges in 2016, but there was no prosecution and the matter was dropped.
A family member contacted at the Lincoln Park address declined to comment.
The woman simply asked: ‘What is the charge against him?’ He ended the call when it was called murder and attempted murder.
Prosecutors said the 30-year-old, who remains in custody, will be tried in Bavaria and will not be extradited to the United States.
Liu and Chang were on the trip of a lifetime, having recently graduated from the University of Illinois.
The college confirmed the death of Liu, of Naperville, Illinois, and the injury of Chang, of Bloomington, Illinois.
Police said the two women met the 30-year-old American tourist near the Marienbrook Bridge, which spans a gorge overlooking the castle that is believed to be the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella castle.
He reportedly convinced them to go along a walkway to a spot commonly used to take ‘romantic’ selfies with a better view of the fort.
Investigators said he attacked Liu and was pushed down a steep ravine when his friend went to help him.
The attacker then attempted to sexually assault Liu before pushing her into a ravine where she was seriously injured.
Both women were taken by air ambulance to the hospital, where Liu died. Chang has since been released from the hospital.
Bohling was met by two women near the Marienbrück Bridge (pictured), a narrow footbridge that spans the gorge at 300 feet at its highest point.
Boehling fled the scene but was caught after a massive police operation involving 25 emergency vehicles. He was taken to a police station in the nearby city of Fussen.
He initially refused to speak to police but reportedly gave a statement to an investigating judge before being remanded.
Construction of Neuschwanstein Castle was completed in 1886 after almost 20 years. It is located in the Swabia region of Bavaria, close to the Alps and the Austrian border.
It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who wanted a holiday home to escape the Bavarian capital of Munich.
He paid for the castle from his personal fortune and through extensive borrowing, but he never saw it completed. He died in 1886, shortly before it opened.
Since then, more than 61 million people have visited it.
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