Police in Brazil believe a charred body found in a burned out car underneath a viaduct in Rio de Janeiro is that of the missing Greek ambassador to the country, it was reported today. Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, mysteriously vanished on Boxing Day night after leaving his relatives’ home in a poor suburb of the city notorious for crime and its high murder rate. The diplomat reportedly phoned his wife, who was at a local shopping centre, at around 8pm telling her he was going out, but didn’t say where he was heading. She called police on Wednesday after being unable to contact her husband for two days. The Ford Ka Sedan car Mr Amiridis had rented to spend Christmas with his wife’s family was found underneath an overpass at the entrance to the Nova Iguacu district of Rio yesterday afternoon. The charred body found inside is undergoing DNA testing to find out if it is the missing ambassador. Mr Amridis, who took over the ambassador post in January this year, was Greek consul in Rio de Janeiro, where his wife also owns a home, for three years from 2001. Before returning to Brazil, he was the Greek ambassdor in Libya for four years from 2012.
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Newsline: Charred remains of Greek ambassador are found in burned out car in Rio de Janeiro