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Drowned body found in Croatia identified as man from Styria

A 64-year-old man from Styria (district of Voitsberg) had been missing for two years - but the mystery of what happened to him has now been solved.

A drowned body that was found in Croatia last year has now been identified as the missing Styrian.

On 8 December 2012 the man had not returned home after a night out in pubs.

The man apparently called a taxi in order to go home. The taxi driver, however, would not take him as the man was very drunk and vomiting.

Forced to walk back on his own, the man was last seen close to a bridge over the river Kainach. The police presume that the man must have fallen into the river and had been carried away by the flow.

In autumn last year the Austrian police got a call from the Croatian authorities. A drowned body had been found in the river Mur near the Croatian-Hungarian boarder. The Austrian police transferred a DNA sample, that is, genetic material of the man, to their Croatian colleagues.

Now the man has been identified as the Styrian.

The police can also explain why the corpse had not been found earlier. The body could have got caught at the river banks and was then probably carried further each time there was a flood.

The corpse even passed power plants by the river Mur. When there was a flood, water up to half a metre can slop over the locks of the river. This way, even human bodies can get over the locks without being caught in the power station screens.

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