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A man found tied in a sack with a bullet in his head and then sunk in a river with a rucksack full of rocks was a suicide victim, police in Hamburg, Germany, have announced.

Detectives first thought Uwe Sattler, 43, had been slayed in a gangland execution when his body was pulled out of the River Elbe - until they checked his background.

Sattler's apartment was completely empty apart from a small box of documents and a note saying that his possessions should be given to his landlord.

Then they discovered that in 2004 detectives in Berlin had found exactly the same thing in his apartment there after he survived when his rented truck rammed a flyover pillar at high speed.

Now Hamburg police believe he'd sealed himself in the sack leaving just enough room to get a hand out so he could shoot himself.

Then he perched on the bank of the river so both his body and the weapon would fall into the water when he fired.

"We are 99.999 per cent certain it was suicide. There is no other explanation, no other motive, and no other evidence to the contrary," said a police spokesman.

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