AUTHORITIES in the north said on Thursday evening they have located a body believed to belong to 65-year-old Greek Cypriot Solomos Apostolides, who went missing on March 28.
A statement by the ‘police’ in the breakaway state said a body, believed to be that of Apostolides, was found in a forest area near the Kyrenia-Kythrea road.
Investigations are ongoing, the statement added.
In a statement of his own, the north’s ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay said that, based on his briefing from authorities, the apparent death of Apostolides was “unrelated to a political incident.”
Ozersay said ‘police’ in the north were in communication with Apostolides’ family, updating them on the course of their investigations.
He went on to convey his condolences to the man’s family.
Turkish Cypriot authorities mounted a search operation on Thursday to locate the man.
Media reports said the search would cover the area between Karakoumi and Ayios Epiktitos in a bid to find any traces of 65-year-old Solomos Apostolides.
Apostolides was last seen leaving a casino in the north with 22-year-old Erdinc Senturk, who reportedly departed for Turkey the next day.
Daily Kibris said Tuesday that a blood-stained shirt found in Kyrenia did not belong to Apostolides. His car, however, had been located on Saturday near a military area in Karavas.
Apostolides, a retired non-commissioned officer, is a widower and has two children.