The body of a missing 30 year-old Fuvamulah man, Mohamed Nafiz, has been found dead on the shore of Fuvamulah.
Nafiz was declared missing by police on January 24, at 8:00pm.
Police said the body was discovered yesterday morning at 6:27am in an area of Fuvamulah beach called ‘’Ambulu fannu’’.
Police said a forensic team and investigative team had been dispatched to the island to investigate the case, and had confirmed the body was Nafiz.
In a statement, police said fingerprints of the dead body found on the beach matched those of the missing man.
The body was discovered while Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) divers and police officers were searching for him.
Nafiz was last seen alive when he and two other friends of the same age arrived to Fuvamulah from Addu City.
Local newspaper Haveeru reported that two men have been arrested in connection with the death of Nafiz.
Haveeru reported that his family alleged he was killed by the two friends who had accompanied him to Addu.
According to ‘Haveeru’, the clothes Nafiz had been wearing were discovered on the beach, wrapped around 19 bullet-sized packets containing illegal drugs.
A councilor of Addu City, on condition of anonymity, told the paper that Nafiz may have drowned after jumping off a boat to get to shore, after attempting to avoid police officers.
Nafiz’s uncle told Haveeru that Nafiz left Fuvamulah to go fishing but later said he and his two friends had gone to Addu to traffic illegal drugs into the island.
Police Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef was not responding to calls at time of press.