The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 05, 2012
 

Cannibalism suspected with recovery of missing bodies in Russian wilderness

 
 

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian investigators have opened a murder case after two fishermen were rescued following three months lost in a remote Far East forest amid fears the pair could have eaten a companion to stay alive, officials said on Wednesday.

Four men disappeared in August on a river-fishing expedition to the vast Yakutia region in the Russian Far East, one of the most remote and inhospitable places in the world.

Rescuers finally found two of the men this month by the Sutam River some 250km from the nearest town of Neryungri in the south of Yakutia but without two companions.

The men, both inhabitants of the Russian Far East, claimed that their group had split up and said the others were likely still alive as they were used to living in the open.