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Prosecutor downplays cannibalism in German's Polynesia death
Some friendly Nuku Hiva residents. Photo: DPA

Prosecutor downplays cannibalism in German's Polynesia death

Published: 18 Oct 2011 15:33 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Oct 2011 15:33 GMT+02:00

Prosecutor Jose Thorel said police were hunting for Henri Arihano Haiti, a local guide who is suspected of having killed 40-year-old German Stefan Ramin, but had no evidence to suggest Ramin had been eaten.

Media reports in Germany have suggested that Ramin, who went missing on the island of Nuku Hiva on October 9 and whose charred remains were found last week, was killed, dismembered and eaten while he visited the island with his girlfriend on a round-the-world sailing trip.

"The theory of cannibalism is in no way a part of our investigation," Thorel told news agency AFP.

Ramin reportedly went missing after anchoring his catamaran near the island and heading to the interior with Haiti, a 31-year-old local guide, leaving behind his girlfriend Heike Dorsch, 37.

Haiti reportedly returned to the boat claiming Ramin had been injured and needed assistance. When Dorsch left the boat he allegedly attempted to sexually assault her and tied her to a tree.

Human remains were found in a charred pit on the island last Wednesday and Thorel said teeth found at the scene matched Ramin's dental records. DNA tests were being conducted to confirm the find, he said.

Thorel said police were carrying out a massive manhunt for Haiti, who had previously served six months in prison on a 2005 burglary conviction.

Reports of cannibalism in Polynesia captured the European imagination when the region was first explored by Westerners, but experts say the practice has not been in use for more than a hundred years.

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16:05 October 18, 2011 by storymann
It appears the remains are those of the missing man.

Murder generally is motivated by money,sex or power. I doubt that he was eaten,he was burned and incinerated to destroy the evidence by someone who failed the task by not dumbing the ash into the ocean.
18:55 October 18, 2011 by Wise Up!
Two cannibals were eating a clown. One cannibal turns to the other and asks - 'Does this taste funny to you?'
20:57 October 18, 2011 by protno
why does the one cannibal have half a moustache? is that the thing in french polynesia these days?
23:14 October 18, 2011 by wxman
Yum! Tastes like chicken.
11:45 October 19, 2011 by nobesie
Have we had the Hamburger joke yet?
15:18 October 19, 2011 by catjones
Another example of stupid, racist reporting. Why bother with facts when xenophobia will work just as well?

I guess if a Polynesian was murdered in DL and the Polynesian news reported the victim was probably gassed, it would be ok.
16:03 October 19, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Well. Easy now. I don't think anyone has found any fresh corpses in gas chambers in Germany recently. Now, they did, however, find this German fellow in a fire pit... There's assumptions, and then there's theories. This wasn't racism.
16:57 October 19, 2011 by storymann
Wise up.. That was funny:-)
23:51 October 19, 2011 by TK Joe
I wonder if they,ll start the Gestapo up again to sort this out.
12:37 October 21, 2011 by mikel taylor
I once munched a German and had to stop, tooo chewy, didn't taste like chicken at all , more like bratwurst, with a hint of mustard and curry, I would imagine the tribe now has a poster warning the locals no more German tourist for lunch I'm thinking they redirect there tourist bureau to concentrate on Swedish and Danish tourist, from what I hear they tast more like fish, If you know what I mean,

So in the future all you German tourist to Polynesian countries carry a rare stone found only in the mountains of Colorado in your pocket to ward off the evil one eyed one horned flying purple people eaters, I am selling these magic stones at a discount Please send 25.00 euros, Cash No Checks or coupons,, to Mikel Taylor box B4-226, 15560 N Frank L. Wright Blvd. Scottsdale AZ 85260 USA I will ship when the moon and Venus are aligned in harmony on 11-27- 2018,,
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