BEIRUT: Lebanese police located Tuesday the body of a man believed to be that of a Czech tourist who went missing last week while on a trip to a north Lebanon valley, a security source told The Daily Star.
The source said authorities are almost certain the body found on a rugged trail in the Qadisha valley is that of Czech national Thomas Rezika, 46, who went missing late Wednesday.
Civil Defense was dispatched to help pull the body from the deep valley carved by the Qadisha River that lies within the Bsharri and Zghorta districts of north Lebanon.
A medical examiner along with a forensic team arrived are at the site of where the body was found and are trying to determine the circumstances behind the death and whether it was a crime or accident.
The body will then be transferred to a nearby hospital, the source said.
A copy of the medical report will then be referred to Lebanese authorities as well as the Czech Embassy in Beirut, the source said.
The search for Rezika began Thursday morning after authorities tracked text messages he had sent to a Bsharri hotel after sundown Wednesday. Caretaker Telecoms Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui had instructed officials to trace the messages asking for help.