The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, have been removed from their grave in a small Bavarian town that had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.
Before dawn Wednesday, workers exhumed Hess's bones from the grave in the Wunsiedel cemetery, then cremated the remains and scattered them secretly at sea, cemetery administrator Andreas Fabel told The Associated Press.
"The grave is now empty," he said on Thursday. "The bones are gone."
Hess was captured in 1941 when he parachuted into Scotland on a mission to negotiate peace between Britain and Germany.
The attempt was denounced by Hitler, and Hess later told British authorities that the Nazi leader knew nothing of it.