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Excavations start to locate grave of long-missing EOKA fighter

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ATTEMPTS to find the remains of EOKA fighter Costas Matheou from Livadia, missing for 58 years, began yesterday morning in the buffer zone between Troulloi and Kellia.

The last time his family saw the then 30-year-old Matheou, was on October 18 1958, when an unknown man went to their home and urged him to go somewhere together on his motorcycle. He has been missing since.

Reportedly, a man has indicated to the police where Matheou is buried and excavations began at 10am in the area and are expected to continue for a few more days.

The only information the family had is that Matheou, who was an EOKA district coordinator of the Livadia area, was that he was murdered and that he was buried somewhere in Troulloi.

The excavations to locate Matheou’s remains have become possible with the assistance of MP Zacharias Koulias and Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou.

Matheou, whose disappearance was originally reported as an abduction, was later listed as a missing person.

Present at the excavations were members of Matheou’s family, including his sister and granddaughter.

Even though it was reported that the excavations were being undertaken by the Committee for Missing Persons (CMP), an official there said it has not connection with the case.

Matheou had four children and his youngest was 18 months old when he disappeared.

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