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Rye Hunt: Tests confirm body found on Rio beach is missing Australian man

ABC News ABC News 11/06/2016
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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the body of a man found washed up on a Brazil beach is missing Australian man Rye Hunt.

Ms Bishop said Mr Hunt's family members have been informed.

"I can confirm that Brazilian authorities have informed us that the body that was discovered recently near Rio De Janeiro is in fact that of Australian citizen, Rye Duval Hunt," she said.

The Australian consular service has been working closely with the family, we have been working closely with the Brazilian authorities."

Police recovered the remains of a man on a beach 25 kilometres from Rio on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was seen on CCTV checking into a Copacabana Beach apartment after leaving his travelling companion Mitch Sheppard at Rio de Janeiro Airport on May 21.

Some of his belongings were found in the apartment.

The night before he disappeared, Mr Hunt experienced a psychotic episode after taking drugs.

His sister, Romany Brodribb, believes he took a powerful drug known as NBOMe believing it was MDMA or a form of ecstasy.

Last week a fisherman reported seeing a body floating eight kilometres off Copacabana Beach.

Two family members, his uncle and partner, flew to Rio to help with the search and be with Mr Sheppard.

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