(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.
Gemballa's company, based near Stuttgart, had an international reputation for converting Porsche sports cars into turbo-charged super cars that set speed records.
His clientele included Arab royalty, movie stars and the mega-rich. Gemballa disappeared shortly after arriving in South Africa on Feb. 8.
"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.
Gemballa's company was in financial trouble at the time of his disappearance. He was apparently in South Africa to consider opening a dealership in Johannesburg.
No arrests have been made. Two German police officers are in South Africa to assist with the investigation.