The decomposing body discovered on Monday in Centuri (Haute-Corse) is that of a 33-year-old man who has been missing since the beginning of September.
The state of the body did not allow immediate identification. “The first scientific examinations carried out have made it possible to establish that the body is that of Damien Barchilon, a person reported missing since September 13,” announced Arnaud Viornery, the public prosecutor of Bastia.
Because of the “circumstances of its discovery”, “the criminal track” is privileged.
The body “buried under leaves”
The investigation for “intentional homicide”, initially entrusted to the research section of the gendarmerie, was the subject “of a relinquishment” in favor of the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction of Marseille (JIRS), competent in matters serious organized crime.
The body, discovered by a hunter, was “in an advanced state of decomposition and buried under leaves” on the wild heights of the village of 220 inhabitants.
Damine Barchilon, a 33-year-old nightclub manager, was last seen on September 9 in Tomino, a nearby village of Centuri in Cap Corse.
On September 10, the young man’s car was found by the side of the road in Meria, a 15-minute drive from Tomino. The ignition keys were still on the dashboard.