Philippines: Mummified sailor found in an old yatch
Philippines, March 2: Philippine police said on Tuesday that they were trying to identify a mummified body found in a yatch that was drifting in the Pacific Ocean. The Yatch was apparantly owned by a German adventurer.
Police Chief Inspector Dominador Plaza said that the gray decomposing remains of the man resembled a mummy, adding mystery to the death. The Yatch was found last week by Filipino fishermen off the southeastern province of Surigao del Sur. And the mummy was Manfred Fritz Bajorat, found near the radio in a slumped position.
There were no visible signs of a gun shot or stabbing wound, which ruled out all signs of foul play. Plaza said over the phone,"Initially, it looks to us that he died of natural causes, maybe a heart attack. And death appears to have come suddenly because he was still sitting by the table when he passed away."
Plaza said that initial estimates showed the man in a hot enclosed cabin for at least several days. But the authorities are awaiting an autopsy report due this week for a more accurate finding.
Meanwhile, documents that were recovered from the Yatch showed that it was apparently owned by a German adventurer identified as Manfred Fritz Bajorat. However, there was no way to determine whether the dead man was Bajorat. The daughter of Bajorat called police officials informing them that her family was travelling to Philippines to help investigators confirm whether the man was her father or not.
If the man was Bajorat, the family plans to have him cremated before bringing him back home.