NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, February 29, 2016, 4:10 PM
Police released this image of the body of a German man found on an abondoned yacht in the Philippine Sea.
The mummified body of a German man was found on an abandoned yacht drifting aimlessly in the Philippine Sea, police said Friday.
A fisherman’s crew from Barobo in the southern Philippines discovered the body of Manfred Fritz Bajorat slumped over a desk in the radio room of a white vessel with a destroyed sail on Thursday afternoon, according to Barobo police.
German news media reports revealed that the 59-year-old man believed to be traveling alone in the North Pacific Ocean hasn’t been seen since 2009. Investigators haven’t uncovered any weapons or signs of foul play and they believe Bajorat died at least four days before the ship was found.
“It is still a mystery to us,” Barobo police Inspector Mark Navales told Agence France-Presse. Navalas noted the man had his head on top of his right arm “like he was sleeping.”
The cause of death remained under investigation Monday as the shocking images of Bajorat’s dried and shriveled body spread worldwide.
The fisherman dragged the yacht, which is called “Sajo,” about 60 miles to shore, and police posted family photos and identifying documents on Facebook after recovering them aboard the ship.
Bajorat had separated from his wife in 2008, and she later died from cancer, according to a story in the German tabloid Bild cited by the Mirror.
German officials are assisting local authorities with efforts to contact the man’s family. This portrait was found on the boat.
Another sailor reported seeing him a year later and said he didn’t think Bajorat would have steered into a storm because he was very experienced.
“The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack,” German forensic criminologist Dr. Mark Benecke told Bild.
Officials at the German embassy in Manila are assisting local authorities with the investigation.
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