On Thursday German investigators said they will attempt to find the body of Nazi war criminal Aribert Heim following the new information released by Germany's ZDF television a day earlier indicating he died in Egypt in 1992.

The Baden-Wuerttemberg state police unit that investigates Nazi-era crimes is preparing a request that Egyptian authorities allow them to pursue the case in Cairo, unit spokesman Horst Haug said.

Haug in an interview with The Associated Press said, We want to attempt to find the body.

Heim was accused of taking part in experiments on Jewish prisoners at Mauthausen camp in Austria, such as injecting various solutions into their hearts to see which killed them fastest. He was indicted in Germany in absentia on hundreds of counts of murder in 1979.

According to the ZDF report Heim was living under a pseudonym and had converted to Islam by the time of his death from intestinal cancer.

ZDF said that in a joint effort with the New York Times, it located a passport, application for a residence permit, bank slips, personal letters and medical papers in all more than 100 documents left behind by Heim in a briefcase in the hotel room where he lived under the name Tarek Hussein Farid.

Heim was a concentration camp doctor also known as Dr Death. He is accused of killing and torturing many inmates through various methods, such as direct injections of toxic compounds into the hearts of his victims.