Locals from the Polynesian Island, where the dental remains of a missing German tourist were found, have reacted with disgust at the suggestion that he was eaten by cannibals.
"Trust me, we'd rather eat hot dogs than humans around here," was the reaction by Journalist and publisher Alex Du Prel as he spoke to NZ Newswire.
Many reports in the media have suggested that 40-year-old Stefan Ramin, who went missing on the island of Nuka Hiva on October 9 and whose charred remained were found on the island, was killed and eaten on the island whilst he and his girlfriend were sailing around the world.
The chief prosecutor in the case Jose Thorel said police were hunting for local guide Henri Arihano Haiti who is suspected to have killed Ramin, but had no evidence to suggest Ramin had been eaten.
Haiti has previously served six months in prison on a 2005 burglary conviction.
"The theory of cannibalism is in no way a part of our investigation," said Thorel.
''Cannibalism, I do not even want to hear about it. It's madness. I see no other basis on which we could talk of cannibalism.
''For me, it's a non-issue. Cannibalism was not raised this issue and I do not understand how this could be discussed by the press.''
Charred remains and clothes were found last week and are being subjected to DNA testing in Paris. It is now known that the teeth found at the site match those of Ramin.