Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Suspect in Murder of German Yachtsman, 41, Surrenders to Authorities

Henri Haiti, 31, has surrendered to French Polynesian authorities after being on the run for 50 days for allegedly killing and eating German yachtsman Stefan Ramin, 41, and for allegedly sexually assaulting Ramin's girlfriend, Heike Dorsch.

Teeth and bones reportedly belonging to Ramin were discovered on October 10, on the island of Nuku Hiva, after he was murdered, dismembered and parts of him apparently eaten.

Ramin had disappeared the day before after going on a hunting trip for goats with Haiti in the forests that cover the island. Sometime later, according to Ms. Dorsch, Haiti returned alone to the couple's yacht, saying that Ramin had suffered an accident. Haiti then took Dorsch into the jungle where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted her.

COMMENT: Local officials on Nuku Hiva are adamant that cannibalism has not occurred on the island for well over 100 years. It is hoped that French authorities mandate forensic analysis of Ramin's remains to either refute or support how the German died and whether there is sufficient evidence to charge Haiti with Ramin's murder or other crimes.

Additional information will be provided on this case as it becomes available.

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