This much is certain: 40-year-old Stefan Ramin's ashes were found near a cooking fire on the island of Nuku Hiva, in French Polynesia, last week. From there, uncertainty emerges.
Here's what "cannibal expert" Dr. Gundolf Krüger told The Sun:
"Polynesians are now Christian and literate, therefore pious and educated. But it is entirely possible that the criminal was led by old rituals into this crime."
While German reporters who traveled to Nuku Hiva seeking a scoop were "certain he was killed and eaten," Polynesian public prosecutor Jose Thorel said, "There's no evidence of cannibalism."
All of that brings us up to the latest update in which Ramin's guide is on the lam with all those stories swirling around.
The local hunter suspected of killing and eating a missing German tourist has a tattoo of a notorious cannibal tribe on his shoulder, it emerged yesterday. A photograph of Henri Haiti, 31, pictures him with a distinctive tattoo just below his left shoulder, which shows a warrior from the Kaioi tribe, who were said to eat their victims.
So, yeah. RIP Stefan.
"Cannibal man was sacrifice" [The Sun]
Survival and tribal people denounce ‘ludicrous' cannibal claims [Survival International]