The headless body of a man found in the sea has been named locally as a man in his 60s from Germany.
Neighbours reacted with shock after a body was pulled from the sea near Deal Pier on May 29 , which was found decapitated.
An inquest into the death of 61-year-old Rasmus Weinhardt has since been opened.
‘A guy from northern Germany’
It is understood the victim hung himself and decapitated himself in the process.
On his Etsy profile, he describes himself as a “guy from northern Germany who escaped the dreadful weather of a beautiful -but harsh- north country, to live in the south east of England”.
Families ushered away
Mr Weinhardt, who lived in Deal, had a keen interest in the Vikings and “pre-judeo Christian cultures”.
It is believed a fisherman alerted the coastguard after seeing the body floating in the water, and the coastguard then co-ordinated the response of the emergency services.
The coastguard, lifeboat crews and South East Coast Ambulance Service also accompanied Kent Police at the scene.
The area was sealed off and families were ushered away from the scene.
It has not been confirmed whether the head was also recovered after his decapitated body was pulled from the sea.