Nov. 20 (UPI) — A German man who’s been arrested by Berlin police as a part of a murder investigation apparently has an curiosity in cannibalism, authorities stated Friday.

The 41-year-old man, who was not recognized, was arrested at his house close to the situation the place police discovered the sufferer’s physique.

Officers stated the 2 had met on-line and that the motive for the killing could have been sexual.

“The suspect had an curiosity in cannibalism,” Berlin prosecutor spokesman Martin Steltner stated. “He searched on-line for the subject.”

The sufferer had gone lacking in Berlin’s Lichtenberg district weeks in the past. A passerby discovered his stays in a discipline on the northern outskirts of Berlin earlier this month.

Specifically-trained sniffer canine led police to the suspect, who police say was a math and chemistry trainer at a neighborhood secondary faculty. They discovered knives, a bone noticed utilized by surgeons and an outsized cooling field contained in the suspect’s house, officers stated.

Authorities additionally stated they discovered sodium hydroxide, a chemical that can be utilized to dissolve physique tissue.

The killing is paying homage to a widely known German cannibalism and murder case within the early 2000s. That suspect, Armin Meiwes, was convicted and is serving a life sentence. Police stated he additionally met his sufferer on-line.