JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The body of record-setting German super car builder Uwe Gemballa has been found in South Africa eight months after he vanished on a business trip there, police said on Sunday.
Gemballa, whose tuning firm had a clientele including Arab royalty, movie stars and the mega-rich, disappeared shortly after arriving in South Africa on February 8.
His firm, based near Stuttgart, had an international reputation for converting Porsche sports cars into turbo-charged super cars that set speed records.
"We have found the body of Gemballa and we're now investigating the circumstances around his death. A murder docket has been opened," said Vishnu Naidoo, South African police spokesman.
No arrests have been made. Two German police officers were in South Africa to assist with the investigation.