THE BODY of Captain Michalis Stavrou was found yesterday morning off the coast of Paphos by an amateur fisherman.
At around 9am yesterday, while fishing with a speargun off the coast of Peyia in the Ayios Georgios area, the fisherman found the 33-year-old Paphos army officer, missing since Tuesday, in the sea.
The captain was found, wearing army-issue trousers and boots, at a depth of five metres and around 100m from the small island of Yeronisos.
State pathologist Nicolas Charalambous conducted an onsite examination of Stavrou once the authorities were able to bring his body on shore, and later an autopsy at Paphos hospital, concluding the cause of death to be drowning at sea.
The authorities called off the search for Stavrou on Friday, three days after a sea, air and land search operation had been launched once the officer was reported missing by his family.
His abandoned car was found by a tourist on Tuesday morning around 10am, unlocked, keys still in the ignition, near the Ayios Georgios Peyias sea area, where his body was eventually found.
Police yesterday confirmed reports that a letter was found in the officer’s house addressed to his family. The authorities have ruled out foul play.
The National Guardsman, from Yeroskipou, served in Nicosia.