A SCHOOLTEACHER been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man he met on an online dating site before EATING his remains.
Detectives were lead to the suspect’s apartment in Berlin by sniffer dogs, after fleshless human bones were found in a park.
The German suspect, named only as Stefan R, teaches maths and chemistry at a secondary school in the district of Pankow.
It is customary under German privacy laws not to reveal surnames in police investigations.
The 41-year-old was arrested on Thursday.
He was detained by police at his home, near where the victim was found and remanded in custody on a charge of sexual murder out of base motives.
Investigations revealed Stefan R had browsed cannibalism-related forums online.
According to Bild, he had previously searched whether or not a person could survive after having their penis cut off.
His alleged victim, Stefan Trogisch, was a 44-year-old power line technician.
He had been reported missing by his flatmates in early September after leaving his apartment shortly before midnight and never returning.
Passersby stumbled across the bones in a park in Buch on November 8.
A policeman told the Berlin daily BZ that one bone was “totally devoid of flesh” and there were other indications “which make us strongly suspect that Stefan T was the victim of a cannibal”.
Police had two sniffer dogs independently follow the trail from different points in the city, with both leading investigators to Stefan R’s flat.
Detectives found an empty wheelbarrow and a cooler.
Traces of the alleged victim’s blood were also found at the apartment after forensic tests, according to the Berliner Morgenpost, leading to Stefan R’s arrest.
The suspect has so far declined to answer questions.
Investigators are said to have obtained messages between the alleged killer and victim on a dating website, leading police to believe that they agreed to meet.
They also found evidence from Stefan R’s internet history suggesting he was interested in cannibalism, with office spokesman Martin Steltner saying the suspect “searched online for the topic.”
Prosecutors said it was unclear whether the victim had also had an interest in cannibalism.
Police announced yesterday that the search for the missing Trogisch was now a murder investigation, after tests showed that the bones belonged to him.
The chilling case isn’t the first time cannibalism has made headlines in Germany.
Armin Meiwes was jailed for life in 2006 after he was found to have met his victim in an internet chatroom for people interested in cannibalism.
He claimed his victim, Bernd Juergen Brandes, answered his online advert seeking a young man for “slaughter and consumption”.
“Bernd came to me of his own free will to end his life,” Meiwes claimed, saying his victim had wanted to be stabbed to death after overdosing to lose consciousness.
Meiwes filmed his victims’ murder, which prosecutors said revealed the killing was for his own sexual pleasure.
Meiwes was originally convicted of manslaughter in 2004, but federal judges later quashed that verdict and he was found guilty of murder at a retrial in 2006.
The court in Frankfurt said Meiwes was psychologically ill but fully aware of his actions.
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Judges also rejected the defence’s argument that the act was similar to euthanasia, which is illegal but would have carried a shorter sentence.
In 2015, a German police officer was convicted of murdering a man he met in an online forum for cannibalism.
In this case, prosecutors said the victim had fantasised about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect actually consumed them.