Human remains found on a beach in recent weeks belong to a man, police spokesman Christos Andreou said on Tuesday.
According to Andreou, the bones washed ashore on December 27 in the Pervolia region, while more came ashore on January 5 in the same area.
The bones were sent for examination at the Nicosia general hospital, where a state pathologist and anthropologist determined the remains belonged to a man.
“Some evidence was taken from the bones, which have been sent to the Neurological and Genetic Institute for scientific testing. After the testing finishes, we believe the individual will be identified,” he said.
Police are looking into missing persons’ reports while the Committee on Missing Persons has also been contacted as it is possible the bones could belong to an individual involved in the bicommunal tensions of 1963 and 1964.
The bones appear to have been buried near the beach and uncovered and dragged out to sea before being brought back to shore in the rough seas and storms of recent weeks, he added.