Missing for 4 days, Kerala priest found dead in Edinburgh
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Missing for 4 days, Kerala priest found dead in Edinburgh

The priest was found dead by the Edinburgh Police.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2017 14:55 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Thiruvananthapuram
Martin Xavier Vazhachira,CMI Congregation,CMI
Martin Xavier Vazhachira(Archdiocese of St Andrews Facebook page)

A 33-year-old Keralite priest who was missing from last four days was found dead on a beach in Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, according to information received by Church sources on Saturday.

A message about the death of Martin Xavier Vazhachira, belonging to the CMI Congregation, was received by the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate provincial from the Archbishop of St Andrews in Edinburgh on Saturday morning.

The message said the priest, hailing from Pulinkunnu in Alappuzha district, was found dead by Edinburgh police.

Details would be available only after Tuesday, a CMI official told PTI.

The priest served at St John the Baptist Church, Corstorphine in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader in State Assembly Ramesh Chennithala asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take immediate steps to bring the priest’s body to India.

In a letter to Swaraj, Chennithala said the body was found under mysterious circumstances on a beach and sought a comprehensive probe into his death.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 14:55 IST