The body of Hofkapellmeister Dietrich Volker was recovered last night from the Ducal Snuff Millworks on the Kernerfluss. The preliminary cause of death has been ruled drowning, although the damage the body sustained in its passage through the mill race and wheels makes further investigation necessary to establish the definitive cause.
Herr Volker was well-known for his enjoyment of snuff and other epicurean indulgences, but his motive for entering onto the grounds of the Snuffmill after business hours remains unclear. Personal effects recovered with the body, consisting only of the remains of Herr Volker's leather satchel, containing scoring materials and a half-eaten lunch of herring and figs, provide little insight either.
A requiem mass will be held at the Sankt Cäcilia-Kirche in Hunsruck on Saturday.