Irish police say body is that of missing Latvian; man charged in case

Irish police say a body found July 23 is that of 30-year-old Latvian national Juris Buls, who had been missing for more than two weeks.

Another Latvian national has been charged with withholding information from investigators who had been looking into the disappearance.

Buls’ body was found about 10 kilometers from Glenamaddy, the town in western Ireland where he lived, according to the Garda Press Office. Police said the body was discovered at about 6:20 p.m. July 23 in a wooded area.

Police on July 20 arrested a man and a woman in connection to the disappearance. The man, 35-year-old Sergejs Krauze of Glenamaddy, appeared in Tuam District Court on July 24. The judge denied Krauze bail because of police concerns that he might try to flee the country, Irish media reported. Krauze’s next appearance in court is scheduled July 27.

Buls went missing the night of July 7, having last been seen at his home. He failed to show up for work at a plastics manufacturer in Glenamaddy. His car also was missing.

Police on July 19 renewed an appeal for information about Buls’ whereabouts, noting they had “serious concerns” about his welfare.

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