The mummified corpse of a German adventurer who had not been seen for years has been found on his abandoned yacht of the coast of the Philippines. The body of Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was discovered by fishermen on board his yacht Sajo off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur.
His last reported sighting was in 2009, but a friend told Germany’s Bild newspaper that he last heard of him ago on social media for his birthday.
The body, found slumped near the boat’s radio telephone, has been identified as 59-year-old Manfred Fritz Bajorat. Inspector Mark Navales said the cause of death was unclear, but there were no signs of foul play. “It is still a mystery to us,” said Navales, adding it looked like Bajorat “was sleeping.”
Forensic examiners concluded that Bajorat died more than four days before the yacht was found on Thursday by fishermen in the Philippine Sea about 60 miles from Barabo. Items inside the yacht were scattered, according to Navales, who said the man’s wallet was not found but that the yacht’s radio, GPS and other valuable items were still there.
Local 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 German city of Cologne, told BILD newspaper: “The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack.” Officials said dry ocean winds and the salty air helped to preserve his body.
Authorities began to put pieces of the Bajorat’s life and circumstances surrounding his death together, when details of his personal life emerged.
The 12-metre yacht, which was named Sayo, had been travelling around the world for the past 20 years and had gained over half a million nautical miles.
The sailor had travelled with his wife, Claudia, in the past but they broke up in 2008 and she later died from cancer aged 53, according to the Daily Mail.
A touching memorial written by the sailor to his wife after she had died is the only thing that remains from the world he left behind, the publication reports.
“Thirty years we’re been together on the same path,” the memorial said.
“Then the power of the demons was stronger than the will to live.
“You’re gone. May your soul find its peace. Your Manfred.”