October 3, 2010 / 1:15 PM / 9 years ago

Body of German super car builder found in S.Africa

Uwe Gemballa, founder of Gemballa Automobiletechnik, poses with the Porsche Gemballa Avalanche GTR-650 EVO (997 Turbo) during its South East Asia launch in Singapore, July 31, 2008. REUTERS/Tim Chong

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.

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