18 Oct 2011

French Polynesia prosecutor dismisses cannibalism claim as lunacy

5:07 pm on 18 October 2011

The French prosecutor in charge of investigating last week's disappearance of a German yachtsman in French Polynesia says it is sheer lunacy to suggest he was the victim of cannibalism.

Jose Thorel has told Les Nouvelles de Tahiti that he is stunned at the suggestion and wonders who has made such a claim and who is being quoted as the source.

His comments come amid European and New Zealand media speculation that Stefan Ramin had been eaten after a police search team found human remains in ashes on Nuku Hiva.

Police are still searching for a local man, Henri Haiti, who is suspected of killing 40-year-old Mr Ramin and sexually attacking his wife.