The remains of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess have been exhumed and his headstone destroyed early Wednesday morning. German officials decided to cremate Hess's remains and bury the ashes at sea.

Buring in a cemetery in the town of Wunsiedel, Germany in the Bavarian state, the grave-site was occasionally used as a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. German officials moved the body to end this practice.

Hess killed himself in a Berlin jail in 1987. As requested by in his will, he was buried in Wundsiedel, where his family had a summer home. Hess's epitaph read I dared.

Neo-Nazis have been visiting the grave on the anniversary of the deputy's death for each year, despite a 2005 ban. They also attempted to stage marches and often saluted the grave.

Hess was captured by the British in 1941. He was tried in Nuremberg in 1946 and found guilty of war crimes then sentenced to life in prison. He was 93 at the time of his death.