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His body was taken for an autopsy in Butuan City, the yacht was towed for a police inspection into the port of Barobo.
Police spokeswoman Goldie Lou Siega in the Philippines said; "We have no evidence of a second person aboard and no weapon was found on the yacht."
Dr Mark Benecke, a forensic criminologist in the city of Cologne, told BILD: "The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack."
The German embassy in Manila is working with local officials to trace his family in Germany.
originally posted by: Kentuckymama
If he was just sitting there and died, how did his body remain in the chair? Seems like during seven years adrift it would have fallen over. Surely it wasn't always just "smooth sailing".
Dry ocean winds, hot temperatures and the salty air helped preserve his body.
originally posted by: RP2SticksOfDynamite
How on earth did his body mummify?
originally posted by: Discotech
a reply to: theantediluvian
It's a shame it doesn't specify make and model of the boat.
If that boat can stay a float with nobody at the wheel for 7 years and only list like that and not sink, that's a boat I would like to have, that's a good boat