Missing Peru diplomat found dead in Moscow: official

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A Peruvian diplomat who went missing in the Russian capital on New Year's Day has been found dead in the Moscow river, investigators said Tuesday.

The body of 30 year-old Sergio Del Castillo Cebreros was identified by his tattoo, a police source told Russian news agencies.

The diplomat, who was the head of consular affairs and had been working in the Peruvian embassy in Moscow for two years, disappeared in the early hours of January 1 when he exited a Moscow nightclub around 6:00 am.

Investigative committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax the diplomat did not appear to have been killed since "no damage to the body was found".

The club sits across the Moscow river from the spot where his body was found Tuesday.

Police launched a criminal probe into the disappearance on January 12th, with the Peruvian foreign minister calling it "a mystery and an enigma".

© 2011 AFP

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