The body of Dinu Alex, the Lionel Messi fan who left his house after Argentina’s defeat to Croatia in the FIFA World Cup on Thursday night, was retrieved from the Meenachil river on Sunday morning.
Locals found the body lying among the water hyacinth that had collected at the Illickel bridge nearly 20 km down the river from his house at Ayarkunnam by 8:30 a.m
According to police, his relatives identified the body on the basis of the gold chain he was wearing. Police teams from Ayarkunnam and Kottayam (West) which had arrived at Illickel, completed the formalities and moved the body for post-mortem to Kottayam Government Medical College.
Alex had left a suicide note at his residence when he left on Thursday night. Fire and rescue force and local people had been searching for the body for the past two days.
Missing Argentina football fan found dead in Kerala.
The body of Dinu Alex, the Lionel Messi fan who left his house after Argentina’s defeat to Croatia in the FIFA World Cup on Thursday night, was retrieved from the Meenachil river(Kottayam) on Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/UOghHcK8rg
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Dinu Joseph, went missing since 5 am on Friday morning after Argentina suffered a defeat at the hands of Croatia. He left a note behind saying he was upset with the team’s defeat and was going to end his life, police had said.
The note in Malyalam reportedly said, “I have nothing more left to be seen in this world. I am going down into the depths.” A native of Arumanoor village near Kottayam, Dinu was last seen by his parents watching late night football match at his home.
His father told that his son was a great fan of Argentina captain Lionel Messi. The unfortunate news of Dinu Joseph’s death coincides with the birthday of the Argentina captain. Messi turned 31 on Sunday. Argentina has only one point from two games so far in the World Cup. It has to beat Nigeria in their last game and hope other results go their way to avoid elimination.