Body found as Brazil seeks missing Greek ambassador

Greek Ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, vanished in Rio de Janeiro three days ago and has been out of touch since that time, media reported Thursday citing local police.

Filho reportedly confessed to his involvement in the crime as well as having intimate relations with the ambassador's wife after investigators filmed him sneaking in and around the diplomat's vacation home in Nova Iguacu, 25 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. It reported that police "suspected" the body inside to be that of the ambassador. The ambassador was reported missing by his wife on Wednesday.

The ambassador's wife, Francoise Amiridis, arrived at a police station in the Rio area to be questioned early Friday.

Brazilian investigators said Amiridis was killed at home and his body was then transported in the vehicle he rented, which was later burned. Authorities say traces of blood were found in the apartment the couple were staying in.

Rio has a high crime rate and violent incidents are not unusual, especially in the busy season between Christmas and New Year, when hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to the city.

He is married and has a daughter, according to the embassy in Brasilia. He once served in Rio de Janeiro as consul from 2001 to 2004. His last post before becoming ambassador to Brazil at the start of this year was as Greece's top diplomat to Libya.

In Athens, Greek foreign ministry spokesman Stratos Efthymiou said that "unfortunately there has not yet been identification of the body" and that "we are awaiting the conclusion of the Brazilian coroner" before making a statement.

  • Jon Douglas