RIO DE JANEIRO — Greece’s ambassador to Brazil is feared dead, after a body was found on Thursday evening inside a car he had rented, abandoned outside Rio de Janeiro. He had not been seen since Monday, and homicide detectives have been assigned to the case.
The ambassador, Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was last seen in Rio de Janeiro. On Thursday evening, police found the car on a road near Nova Iguaçu, a city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was not clear why Mr. Amiridis, who was based in Brasília and visiting Rio de Janeiro for the holidays, would be in the area. He was scheduled to return to work on Jan. 9.
“We are not optimistic that the body won’t be his, as he was the one that rented the car,” Stratos Efthimiou, a spokesman for the Greek Foreign Ministry in Athens, said in a telephone interview on Friday morning.
Homicide detectives in Rio de Janeiro were investigating, according to the police there.
The Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that the car had been found and that a forensic examination of the body was underway.
According to his official biography, Mr. Amiridis, studied law at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received a master’s degree in European law from the Sorbonne in Paris before doing postgraduate work in international penal law.
He began his career as an attaché at the Foreign Ministry in Athens. His first posting abroad was in 1988 at the Greek Embassy in Belgrade, then the capital of Yugoslavia and now of Serbia. In 1993, he moved to the Greek delegation to the European Union, based in Brussels.
From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Amiridis was the Greek consul general in Rio de Janeiro. This year, he returned to Brazil, as the ambassador. His wife is Brazilian, and they have a teenage daughter.
Between the Brazil stints, Mr. Amiridis was Greece’s consul general in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and ambassador to Libya, among other postings.
Nova Iguaçu has about 800,000 residents, and is about 31 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro’s famed South Zone, which includes Ipanema and Copacabana. Mr. Amiridis and his wife had bought an apartment in Nova Iguaçu, according to Brazilian news reports.
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