Johann Flückinger was a highly experienced army surgeon, with several medics under his command. Calm, reasonable Austrian men, they could be trusted upon to entertain no superstitious nonsense from the Slavic peasantry.
Fearing some kind of uprising, if nothing was done, the local commandant had sent in a request for assistance.
Flückinger and two of his members of staff were the response. They naturally dismissed all talk of vampires, but scratched their heads over Glaser's notes. Accompanied by two military officers, they went to see for themselves.
The trio arrived in Medveđa on January 7th 1732. They discovered that the deaths had not yet abated. A sixty year old man named Stanjiko had died since Glaser had left. He was followed into his grave by 25 year old Miloje. Another woman had perished, taking her eight week old baby with her. But their names weren't recorded.
Most recently, a young woman had died. Her name was Stanojka. She'd woken in the night, just 15 days before her death, screaming about a vampire in her room. Her father-in-law recounted how the family had rushed to her side, but there was nothing to be seen.
She had told them that the vampire looked like Miloje - the adult, not the boy, who had been buried just days prior to the attack. Within three days, the previously healthy Stanojka was dead too.
With no-one presently ailing, Flückinger ordered that the previous victims' bodies all be exhumed, so that he could perform a post-mortem. Five of the corpses were shown to be decayed, exactly as he expected. But twelve were not.
He took very detailed notes. They include such details as Milica - the first victim - appearing quite plump, though in life she had been 'lean and dried up'. Her skin now held a vividly red hue, nor was she alone in that.
For many of the bodies, Flückinger recorded that 'the skin on ... hands and feet, along with the old nails, fell away on their own, but on the other hand completely new nails were evident, along with a fresh and vivid skin'. More disturbingly, he kept finding blood in their major organs. Not coagulated, as he had anticipated, but apparently fresh and fluid.
This officious, rational Austrian reached his conclusion. The corpses all showed signs of vampirism. It was real.
He took advice from the local elders, including a consultant with a gypsy tribe who were camped nearby. A posse of men from both the village and the gypsy camp took control of the situation. They decapitated the bodies and then engulfed them in a massive funeral pyre.
No-one else died.