The car was rented by the Greek Ambassador who was visiting his wife’s family in Rio De Janeiro for the holidays. The Greek ambassador had been missing and was last seen on Monday.
The Globo television channel showed images Thursday of a burned-out white car in the Nova Iguacu neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, a poor and violent neighborhood where Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis was reported to have been visiting.
Globo reported that the license plate on the car matched that of Amiridis’ rented vehicle.
Police said in a statement Thursday that Kyriakos Amiridis was last seen Monday night in Nova Iguacu.
Greek embassy officials would not confirm that Amiridis was missing and said only that he was vacationing in the area and was expected to return to work January 9.
Greece’s foreign ministry has not announced officially the ambassador’s death since the autopsy of the body in the car is not completed yet.