Two fishermen lost in Siberia are suspected of killing and eating their friend in order to survive, it was claimed last night. A fourth man is also missing, leading to fears that he, too, was murdered and cannibalised.
Alexander Abdullaev, 37, and Alexei Gradulenko, 35, were plucked to safety by a rescue helicopter having survived temperatures lower than minus 30C three months after embarking on their fishing trip. But police also found the remains of one of their friends, his body so hacked to pieces that he has not been identified.
A wooden stake was found nearby close to a bloodstained jacket, reported the Siberian Times.
It means the body was hacked to pieces. Now the body parts some human meat and part of the skull are taken to the morgue."
Police in Neryungri, in the remote Sakha Republic of northern Russia, say a murder probe has been launched. 'Investigators twice visited the site and removed human body parts, suggesting violent death,' it was claimed.
The two survivors strongly deny they killed their friends, named as Viktor Komarov, 47, or Andrei Kurochkin, 44, reported the Siberian Times. Instead, they claimed to have left them at a deserted gold digger's house while they tried to seek help. As yet there have been no charges or arrests, say police.