Round-the-world yachtsman feared eaten by cannibals

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Stefan Ramin, 40, and his wife Heike Dorsch, 37, were on the trip of a lifetime before the arrived in Nuku Hiva. Picture: Courtesy of Stefan Ramin / Picasa

GERMAN sailor Stefan Ramin was on the trip of a lifetime when it turned into a nightmare on an island in the middle of nowhere. He set off on 2008 with his girlfriend and traversed the globe looking for paradise - but it took a horrible twist when he reached Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia. The remote tropical island was the last place Mr Ramin was seen before remains, believed to be his, were uncovered. Experts believe he was "hacked to pieces and burned" and eaten by suspected cannibals. Testing will conclude whether the ashes belong to Mr Ramin, Radio New Zealand International reported.

Stefan Ramin set off in 2008 and traversed the globe looking for paradise. Picture: Courtesy of Stefan Ramin / Picasa

Police are looking for Henri Haiti, a local guide who set off on a hunting trip with Mr Ramin and then tried to sexually assault Mr Ramin's girlfriend when he returned to alert her of an apparent accident. He tied her to a tree but she managed to escape and alert local authorities. Haiti is still missing and is now the subject of a seven-day manhunt from police and soldiers. Ramin and his girlfriend had planned to spend several months in French Polynesia, docking at Nuku Hiva to experience a traditional goat hunt on the island of 2,789 people. "The foreign ministry and the federal police are aware of the case and in contact with local authorities," said a spokesperson from the German foreign ministry.

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