Peru diplomat found dead in Moscow: Official

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.

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 10:52 AM IST

Moscow: 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.

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 yesterday.

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

In Lima, the Peruvian foreign ministry said it was
working "in close cooperation with Russian authorities" in the
investigation.

The death coincides with the announcement in Lima that
its ambassador to Moscow, Martha Toledo-Campo, would be
leaving the post she has held since 2009. The government made
no comment on the announcement in the official journal.

PTI