A body, believed to be that of missing Greek Cypriot man Solomos Apostolides, has been discovered in the wooded area near the Kyrenia-Degirmenlik main road. He was found 400 metres from the Kendin Pişir Kendin Ye restaurant near Arapköy, with a blunt trauma head wound and burns on his face and clothing.
The body was taken for an autopsy to Lefkoşa State Hospital. Members of his family came to the hospital to identify the body.
Police are now searching for Mr. Apostolides’ friend, who was living in the TRNC, identified as Erdinc Şenturk. Şenturk left the country after Mr. Apostolides went missing. Police in Turkey are working with the TRNC police in the investigation.
Mr. Apostolides (65), a frequent visitor to the North, went missing on 28 March.
Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay said that, based on his briefing from authorities, the apparent death of Apostolides was “unrelated to a political incident.”
He said that the TRNC police were in communication with the Apostolides family, updating them on the course of their investigations.
Ozersay conveyed his condolences to Mr. Apostolides’ family.