Saturday 21 April 2018

'Cannibal murder' suspect hands himself into police after 50 days on the run

Matthew Day

A MAN wanted in connection with the suspected cannibal murder of a German tourist in French Polynesia has handed himself into police after a manhunt involving police and soldiers.

Henri Haiti, the 31-year-old suspect, surrendered after being on the run for 50 days.

"In the end the pressure of the hunt was too much for him," said Jose Thorel, a local prosecutor.

Police want to question Haiti over the disappearance and death of Stefan Ramin, a 41-year-old German adventurer who was sailing the waters of the South Pacific with his girlfriend Heike Dorsch.

Teeth and bones belonging to Ramin were discovered on October 10 by the remains of a fire on the island Nuku Hiva. He had been murdered, dismembered and bits of him possibly 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 Miss Dorsch, Haiti returned alone, saying that Ramin had suffered an accident.

Lured into the forest she claimed Haiti tied her to a tree and sexually assaulted her before she managed to escape.

The remains of her partner along with clothing fragments were found the next day by investigators, but Haiti, who worked as a hunter and a local guide, had disappeared without trace.

The suspect is now detained and could face possible charges of murder, sexual assault and illegal imprisonment

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