Brazil police: Body found on beach is missing Australian

Bonnie Cuthbert, of Australia, holds a photo of her missing boyfriend Rye Hunt, 25, before speaking to the press in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 3, 2016. Hunt, an electrician who worked at a mine in western Australian, was in Rio as part of a world trip with a friend. His whereabouts were last known on May 21. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police have determined that a body that washed up on a beach three days ago is that of missing Australian Rye Hunt.

Police inspector Elen Souto says forensic tests confirmed the identity.

She said in a statement Saturday that the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition and investigators have not been able to establish the cause of death.

The 25-year-old Hunt went missing in Rio de Janeiro in mid-May.

Hunt’s family confirmed the identification on a Facebook page dedicated to finding him. It asked for the family’s privacy to be respected and said relatives would not be available for comment.

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