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German man possibly eaten by cannibal on South Sea island

The Local · 16 Oct 2011, 11:06

Published: 16 Oct 2011 11:06 GMT+02:00

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DNA tests are currently being carried out on the remains, which include bones, a jaw that with some prosthetic teeth, as well as some melted metal pieces. Investigators said the evidence suggests that a human body was hacked to pieces and burnt.

Remains of clothing were also found at the abandoned site, in a valley some two hours' hike from the coast.

French chief investigator José Thorel, based on the island of Tahiti, did not rule out the possibility that the remains are from the missing German, but said the DNA evidence, which has been taken to Paris, could take weeks to analyze.

Police are searching for a local hunter, the last person to be seen with the traveller, who was sailing around the world with his partner, a 37-year-old woman.

She reported that the hunter offered to take him on a trip into the island's interior. He then returned alone, telling the woman that her partner had been injured in an accident and needed help.

Later the traumatized woman told the local Dépêche de Tahiti newspaper that the hunter threatened her, sexually abused her and tied her to a tree.

The couple had been travelling around the world in a catamaran, and had landed on Nuku Hiva, one of the Marquesas islands belonging to French Polynesia in the South Pacific, two weeks ago.

The missing man is a 40-year-old experienced traveller from Hamburg, though no name has been released. The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, "The Foreign Ministry and the Federal police are aware of the case and in contact with local authorities."

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18:12 October 16, 2011 by Loth
A form of free trade was tried around the turn of the last century. There were a number of reasons it failed. Besides the lack of communication,long dangerous travel and quality control. This story may have been another one of the reasons. Some may have want to eat us more then manufacture things.
21:31 October 16, 2011 by pepsionice
It is another one of those German stories, where a vast group of the population believes the entire Earth to be friendly to German-travelers. So they travel to Yemen and get kidnapped. They travel to Death Valley without any water in the car, and have car problems.....and die of thirst. Other Germans wander off to Bali and get killed by Muslims. So they all sit there in shock that it's just not as friendly or hospitable as they'd like to think.
22:01 October 16, 2011 by wxman
So, this guy had to travel half way around the world to a remote area of the South Pacific, where probably the last cannibalistic society on the planet still exists, so he could be consumed. Darwinism at it's finest! Tastes like chicken.
23:16 October 16, 2011 by chipper
Maybe Europeans get WAY TOO MUCH VACATION TIME. Our Socialists here in the US go hiking in IRAN, get themselves kidnapped. Unfortunately, as a conservative, I'm working my azzzz off so that others can have the luxury of VACATIONING and SEEING THE WORLD.
01:17 October 17, 2011 by ron1amr
The hunter seems to be a person of interest. More than likely he is the one who killed and ate the traveler in a remote island. I remember riding across the Nollarbor and standing with another rider I just met. It was a sheer drop of 300 metres to the sea. The bloke next to me said people push off people here. We both stood well away from each other at this stage. He didn't trust me and I didn't trust him when he said that. The two were probably sitting by the campfire when the hunter got out his knife and killed the traveler. And then proceeded to cook and eat him.
02:54 October 17, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
The guy is from Hamburg, maybe whoever ate him took "Hamburger" too literally...
03:16 October 17, 2011 by DOZ
All Germans, and those of German Ancestry should carry at least Hand-Guns, at all times. Other than Germany, there is probably not one Country in the World that supports the safety of people of German Ancestry. I know from experience that those from British and French Ancestry are an extreme threat and you can never turn your back on them.
05:05 October 17, 2011 by jbaker
It's unusual that this kind of news makes it out of the Pacific Rim(Caribbean and other tropical islands) Island area. They are very protective of their tourism trade and do not want to rock their boat.

@wxman - Taste's like pork-they are more genetically close to humans than birds.

As the sign in my kitchen states -"Be kind to Animals - Don't Eat Them!
05:32 October 17, 2011 by Gretl
Sounds less like cannibalism and more like destroying the evidence. And I think the motivation may be a common one - he wanted the woman.
15:56 October 17, 2011 by wenddiver
"The missing man is a 40-year-old experienced traveller from Hamburg, though no name has been released."

I bet that was a new "experience" that he hadn't had! People are stupid now, to much Disney it's a small, small world thinking, the World is still a dangerous place; you have to engage your brain before going out into it.
19:17 October 17, 2011 by Illogicbuster
Not a totally uncommon occurrence in that part of the world. Simply naive to think that the entire world is made up of civilized, post stone age people.
00:27 October 18, 2011 by moetai
Ia orana,

I am tahitian, and therefore citizen of french Polynesia, where the Marquesas Islands are located.

Please don't take shortcuts and come to conclusions that are so far away from reality.

This is an individual case of one mad man, that did horrible things. Cannibalism is a thing from the past in my country since the past century.

Germans have been welcomed, along with foreigners from all over the world in our islands. Our entire People is grieving along with Mr

So far, in this case, there is no evidence that any cannibalism occured.

Blaming our People for the acts of one mad man would be as stupid as saying that Armin Meiwes is representative of german people.

Te aroha ia rahi.
17:43 October 21, 2011 by Drewsky
Now 'chipper', don't you know that the USA is dead-last when it comes to ANY benefits for the citizenry? If you're reading this rag, you must have traveled to Germany or have had at least some exposure to the advantages people in most other western nations have compared to Americans. Instead of going on and on about the evils of "socialism", why don't you and your countrymen do something about your poor lot in life? The Wall Street movement is offering you that opportunity right now !

In Europe, the Republican/ Tea Party/ Libertarian ideal is about as popular as cannibalism, which is a good thing for Europe !
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