American woman pushed into ravine near German castle released from hospital

FILE - View from the Marienbruecke bridge over the Poellat gorge near Neuschwanstein Castle following the death of a 21-year-old female American student, on June 16, 2023, near Fuessen, Germany.  (Leonhard Simon/Getty Images)

Police in southern Germany said Monday that an American tourist who was pushed into a ravine during an attack near Neuschwanstein castle in which her 21-year-old friend was killed has been released from the hospital.

The 22-year-old woman had tried to stop a 30-year-old Michigan man from allegedly assaulting her friend after luring them onto a trail leading to a viewpoint overlooking the famous castle, which draws more than a million tourists every year.

The older woman fell nearly 50 meters (165 feet) down a steep slope but was able to leave the hospital Friday, police spokesperson Holger Stabik said.

Both women were recovered by mountain rescuers shortly after the attack Wednesday, but the younger victim later died of her injuries in the hospital.

FILE - Neuschwanstein Castle in the morning light. In a referendum on Sunday, the residents of Schwangau are to decide whether they support the nomination of Neuschwanstein as a World Heritage Site.  ( Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The suspect, whose name like those of the victims wasn't released due to German privacy rules, was arrested shortly after the incident. He is being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and attempted sexual assault.

Stabik said police have received about two dozen photos and videos on a specially created website and are appealing for anyone with additional images of the suspect and victims to come forward.

Prosecutors said the women did not know the man until the incident.

A spokesperson for the prosecutors' office in Kempten, Thomas Hörmann, said the investigation into the incident is continuing but it may be three or four months before authorities decide on an indictment.