Tuesday. 28.05.2024

A missing German man whose remains were found in Berlin may have been the victim of cannibalism, spokesman for Berlin's public prosecutor Martin Steltner said on Thursday.

A 41-year-old was remanded in custody on suspicion of sexual murder.

The crime came to light after bone fragments were found more than 10 days ago in a wooded area in Berlin.

They were determined to be the remains of a 44-year-old German who has been missing since September 5.

Investigations by a homicide squad then revealed that he was the victim of a crime.

Disappeared without a trace

According to the police, the man was a high-rise construction mechanic. He had left his apartment in Berlin shortly before midnight and disappeared without a trace, according to an October statement.

Investigations by the homicide squad and the public prosecutor's office later led to the suspected perpetrator.

In a high-profile case in 2006, a German man known as the "Cannibal of Rotenburg" was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing, dismembering and partially devouring a victim in the northern German town of Rotenburg.

Bones of missing man found in Berlin - cannibalism suspected