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No trace of murder victim’s mobile phone

Police found more than €4,000 in cash on 44-year-old Christos Mihail, who was found dead in a car on Monday afternoon in Kato Polemidia in Limassol, but his mobile phone that could provide important clues was nowhere to be found, reports said on Tuesday.

Investigations into the premeditated murder of Mihail, who was reportedly working as hourly staff at the Limassol lands and surveys department and occasionally as a taxi driver, resumed on Tuesday with police remaining tight-lipped.

Mihail was found dead in the driver’s seat of a car with bullet wounds to the neck and chest on Monday afternoon in a field in Kato Polemidia. He was shot with a hunting gun. Police said they are investigating premeditated murder. Investigations are focused on identifying the killer or killers of Mihail.

The 44-year-old, from Limassol, was reportedly a father of two. It is believed he was shot early on Monday.

According to state broadcaster CyBC, it is believed that Mihail met his killer of killers on a nearby construction site and, after he was shot, tried to escape. The car he was driving made it around 300 metres before being immobilised in the field where he was found on Monday afternoon.

Mihail appears to have been shot twice from close range through the car window.

Police reportedly found €4,200 in cash on him.

The car he was found in belonged to a friend and was the one Mihail used as a taxi.

Police have already called in a number of persons close to the 44-year-old to give statements to find out who he was planning on meeting.

It is believed that this was a drugs-related case, as Mihail had run-ins with the law in the past, as well as personal differences the victim may had had with others, reports said. He was arrested in 2017 for the possession of some 350 grammes of cocaine.

Mihail’s body was found at around 3pm on Monday in a field near the Limassol general hospital by a resident of the area who alerted the police. The resident investigated the vehicle after noticing that the car had been parked in the same location for several hours.

State pathologists Nicolas Charalambous and Angeliki Papetta who had examined the body at the scene, performed the post mortem on Tuesday. According to the findings Mihail died of haemorrhage as a result of rupture of vital organs, caused by shooting with a hunting gun.

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