The state of Hesse's Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer was found dead on the tracks of a high-speed rail line in the town of Hochheim am Main on Saturday, authorities confirmed.

Footage shows the railway station in the town on Sunday, close to the area of Schaefer's death. Local authorities confirmed that the incident is likely to have been a suicide.

Schaeffer was a member of the CDU party for two decades and Hesse's finance minister for nearly 10 years.

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