Brazilian police believe that a body found in a partially burned car belongs to Kyriakos Amiridis, the Greek Ambassador in Brazil. He has been missing since Monday, and the license plate on the vehicle matches his rental car.
Amiridis, 59, was last seen on Monday after leaving the house of friends of his Brazilian wife in the low-income suburb of Nova Iguaçu. Two days later, after failing to reach him, his wife reported him missing to the police. Brazilian TV station Globo showed images of the charred car in Nova Iguaçu.
Rio Police didn’t believe he was kidnapped. “We’re following some leads, but not that one,” said an investigator. “If it had been [a kidnapping], those who took him would have made contact by now.”
Amiridis previously served as Consul General in Rio from 2001 to 2004. He was also Greece’s ambassador to Libya from 2012 to 2016, when he took the post in Brasília.
The Greek Embassy in Brasília did not confirm that he was missing. An employee at the Embassy said only that the ambassador was on vacation. He would resume his work on January 9.
Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also had no comments on the case. It released a statement saying only that the police were following the case.