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Mystery Surrounds Missing Bulgarian

salapatanovThe dead body of a man pulled from the sea near Makronissos Beach in Ayia Napa almost one month ago has still not been identified, said a police spokesman speaking to

The body was found on August 22, and is suspected of being Bulgarian man Georgi Vasilev Shalapatanov, who has been missing since early August after falling overboard near Limassol. Samples of his DNA were given to police for identification, and testing is still apparently ongoing.

"We do not know yet if it is him or not," said the spokesman yesterday.

According to a report in the Sofia News Agency, the missing man's sister did not recognise the man as her brother after seeing the body. Her lawyer, Konstantin Parchev, said that he suspected murder because the missing man was an experienced diver and swimmer, and it is unlikely he would have fallen overboard and drowned by accident.

“The yacht is not a fancy vehicle. The two men had a chance to react, they have thrown a buoy. It has not even been that dark. The incident happened between 6-7 pm. Georgi is an experienced swimmer and diver, so I, personally, suspect a murder,” Parchev said on Bulgarian radio.

An autopsy by state coroner Eleni Antoniou has revealed that the unidentified man had drowned and foul play has been ruled out, said police earlier.


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