Family of Australian missing in Brazil has hope he's alive

June 3, 2016 6:32 PM

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The family of an Australian man who went missing in Rio de Janeiro in mid-May is hopeful he's still alive.

The girlfriend and uncle of 25-year-old Rye Hunt spoke Friday at a Rio news conference that came on the heels of police saying fishermen reported seeing a body floating off Rio's coast earlier this week. The corpse reportedly was clad in clothes resembling those Hunt was last seen in.

Hunt's long-term girlfriend Bonnie Cuthbert says that "none of this has been confirmed at this stage." She adds, "We're obviously very apprehensive, nervous, but still very hopeful."

Bonnie Cuthbert, of Australia, holds a photo of her missing boyfriend Rye Hunt, 25, before speaking to the press in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 3, 2016. Hunt, an electrician who worked at a mine in western Australian, was in Rio as part of a world trip with a friend. His whereabouts were last known on May 21. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Hunt was an electrician at a mine in western Australia and came to Rio as part of a world trip with a friend. He hasn't been heard from since May 21.

Bonnie Cuthbert, of Australia, shows a photo of her missing boyfriend Rye Hunt, 25, during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 3, 2016. Hunt, an electrician who worked at a mine in western Australian, was in Rio as part of a world trip with a friend. His whereabouts were last known on May 21. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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