Police in the Philippines are trying to figure out the identity of a mummified body found on a yacht near the country’s eastern coast.
Authorities found documents showing the boat is owned by 59-year-old German national Manfred Fritz Bajorat, but could not yet determine whether the body is that of Bajorat’s, Barobo police said.
A group of fishermen spotted the white yacht Thursday around the province of Surigao del Sur, Mark Navales of the Barobo police department said. With a large number of fish surrounding the vessel, the fishermen believed the yacht had stalled.
Navales said one of the fishermen peered through a window of the yacht and was shocked to see a body that looked mummified.
The fishermen spent a day using their much smaller fishing boat to tow the yacht to a port at Barobo, where authorities retrieved the body for autopsy.
The medical officer who examined the body said, “It was safe say the person had been deceased for at least four days. It can be longer than that.”
Authorities are hoping family members will come forward to help determine if the body is that of Bajorat.