The body of an Argentina fan, who left a suicide note after the team lost against Croatia, was found in the Meenachil river in Illickal, Kottayam district on Sunday. Thirty-year-old Dinu Alex, a die hard fan of Argentina, was disappointed after Argentina lost against Croatia (3-0) in the World Cup match.
"A body had been found in Meenachil in Illackil and it has been verified as Dinu's," Aiyarkkunnam Sub Inspector Anil Kumar VS told TNM. Officers have rushed to the spot now.
Dinu reportedly walked out of his house sometime before 5 am on Friday, and has been missing since then. His suicide note informed his family that he was ending his life because Argentina had lost the match. His family says, Dinu was scared his friends and others would mock him.
Following this, five fire force officers and local residents searched the whole length of the Meenachil river that flows behind his house in Arumannoor. However, the search operation had to be put on hold due to heavy rains in the region on Thursday. Following this, the operation was extended to Illickal.
According to reports, Dinu's family identified his body from the gold chain he was wearing.
Speaking to TNM, Ayarkunnam Sub-Inspector said that a police dog who was brought to the house went straight to the river, raising suspicion that Dinu may have jumped into the river.
According to the police, Dinu watched the football match late into the night. When his mother woke up after 5 am, she was unable to find Dinu in the house.
"She used to wake him up at 5 am every day. That day, she did not find him in his room, but found a note which said nobody was responsible for his death," the police said.
Even as circumstances indicate that Dinu was dejected at the team losing the match and left home, the police said that they are looking into all possible angles.
A close relative of Dinu earlier told IANS that he was a hardcore Messi fan and his mobile phone had a picture of Messi as the wallpaper.
"Yesterday, he purchased a T shirt like the one worn by Messi and sat down to watch the match," he had said.