BERLIN: A 55-year-old German policeman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of another man was found in the Erz mountains in eastern Germany.
There are indications that parts of the victim may have been eaten.
The dead man lived in Hanover and had been reported missing.
Police believe that the two men met via an Internet site for those interested in sex with torture.
They say that the victim was tortured, killed and dismembered, and that his body parts were buried on a piece of land in the mountainous region which belonged to the alleged killer.
The arrested man works for Saxony’s State Office of Criminal Investigation in the forensics department.
Germany’s Bild tabloid reports that he is an expert in handwriting analysis.
Officials said Friday that the suspect is believed to have fatally stabbed the victim at his home in Saxony on Nov. 4, chopping up the body and burying pieces in his garden. They said the killing happened about a month after the two first met in an Internet chat room.
Dresden police chief Dieter Kroll said the suspect was arrested Wednesday at his workplace. Officers then searched the man’s property and he showed them several places where he had buried body parts.