A German school teacher is suspected of cannibalism in Berlin where police believe he murdered a man he met on a dating site before eating his remains.
The suspect, Stefan R, was arrested on Thursday after fleshless human bones were found in a park and sniffer dogs led detectives to his apartment in the German capital.
Investigations revealed that the 41-year-old had searched for cannibalism-related content online and had once engaged the internet on the question of whether a person could survive after having their penis cut off, according to Bild.
His alleged victim, 44-year-old Stefan Trogisch, had been reported missing by his flatmates in early September after leaving his apartment shortly before midnight and failing to return.
‘CANNIBAL’: Teacher Stefan R, pictured, is suspected of killing a man he met on a dating site
ALLEGED VICTIM: Stefan Trogisch, 44, is feared to have been murdered by a cannibal in Berlin, after his bones were found in a park two months after he was last seen
After the pieces of leg bone were found in a park on November 8, police had two sniffer dogs independently follow the trail from different points in the city.
Both of the dogs led investigators to Stefan R’s flat, where detectives reportedly found a bone saw with human blood on it as well as a supply of chemicals and an empty cooler.
The suspect told police he wanted to use the chemicals to make soap, but police are investigating whether they could have been used to break down a human body.
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 since declined to answer questions.
Investigators are said to have obtained messages between the alleged killer and victim on a gay dating website, leading police to believe that they agreed to meet.
Detectives also found evidence from Stefan R’s internet history which suggested he was interested in cannibalism.
On one forum, he was answering other people’s questions about whether it was possible to survive a genital amputation – saying that ‘in my experience’ some people desired it in order to feel like women or to take masochistic pleasure in it.
The alleged victim (pictured) had been reported missing by his flatmates in early September