The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha, who went missing, was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search, officials said, reported PTI.
A massive search operation involving multiple agencies was on since Monday evening, when Mr Siddhartha went missing. The body was fished out by local fishermen at around 6:30 this morning, reported NDTV.
As per his driver, he got off from his car near a bridge in Kotekar on the Netravati River near Mangalore around 6.30 pm on Monday and did not come back. As Siddhartha did not return even after an hour, his driver tried to look for him but to no avail, reported Business Times.
“We found the body early morning today. It needs to be identified, we have already informed the family members. We are shifting the body to Wenlock Hospital. We will continue further investigation,” said Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, Home Guard, fire services and coastal police scoured the waters under a bridge across the swollen Nethravathi river, where the 60-year old was reportedly last seen, to trace the coffee tycoon.
Siddhartha, also the son-in-law of former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader S M Krishna, reported PTI.