German feared to have been eaten
Nuku Hiva - A German man is feared to have been eaten by cannibals on a South Sea island, the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Monday.
The man, 40-year-old business adviser Stefan Ramin, is a sailor who has travelled the world.
He apparently arranged to go on a traditional goat hunt in the forest after dropping anchor at Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia, the Mail reported.
His girlfriend Heike Dorsch, 37, says she saw him go off with a local guide, Henri Haiti who returned without Ramin.
She also claims that Haiti sexually abused her.
Last week, ashes were found in a valley by police officers. Among the embers were bones including a jaw bone, teeth and melted metal - believed to be fillings.
Investigators believe a “human body was hacked to pieces and burned”.
Guide ‘a suspected cannibal’
Haiti is now missing and soldiers from the French overseas territory have joined local police in the hunt for him.
Nuku Hiva, is the largest of the Marquesas islands and over the over the centuries there have been many reports of cannibalism.
German newspaper Bild also said that Haiti was a “suspected cannibal”.
Bild reported: “Ashes from the fire are distributed over several square metres. In it bones, dentures and an artificial denture with charred metal lay. It smells of burned meat. Around the fireplace clothes were scattered.
“A prosecutor said that the probability is that he was murdered by a cannibal and parts of him were eaten.’”
Nuku Hiva has a population of just over 2 000 and featured in the stories of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick.