The last day Uwe was seen alive was in security footage at the OR Tambo airport near Johannesburg, South Africa, on February 8, 2010. Uwe was there for business and met a white-haired man who kept his back to the camera and picked him up in a Volkswagen Golf, according to an article in Excellence. He was found murdered eight months later with a plastic bag over his head.
Uwe was working with Krejcir, and there have been reports that he used Gemballa cars to launder money into South Africa. Other reports suggest a problem with the money laundering scheme was a factor in Uwe's murder, but Krejcir's involvement has yet to be proven. Uwe's wife, Christiane Gemballa, told Excellence that her husband's tuning shop had experienced financial difficulties in the recession from 2008-09. If nothing else, Gemballa's financial difficulties provide a motive for Uwe's alleged involvement in the scheme.
We'll be back with updates on the situation as more information becomes available. In the meantime, head below to see the police press release.
The SAPS will host a press conference in Pretoria tomorrow.