Diego Barria, a 32-year-old oil industry employee, went missing on February 18 while out riding his quad bike. His destroyed quad bike and helmet were found two days later in a nearby coastal area, but there was no sign of Barria as reported by IOL.
However, on Tuesday, two fishermen discovered his remains inside a shark that they had caught near the town of Comodoro Rivadavi, approximately 1,500 km south of Buenos Aires. The victim was identified through a tattoo on his forearm.
Regional police chief Cristian Ansaldo stated that there was no concrete theory about how Barria died, but suggested that he may have crashed into rocks and been swept away by the sea.
The fishermen who caught the shark discovered pieces of “skin, fat, and human flesh” inside it while removing its entrails. The victim’s identity was confirmed by a tattoo of a rose with the name Josefina alongside it.
The school sharks caught by the fishermen are critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with an average length of only 1.50m and primarily feeding on fish and mollusks.
The navy is now participating in the search for the rest of Barria’s body, and further investigations into his mysterious death are ongoing.
The discovery of Barria’s remains inside the shark has captured the attention of the local community and has raised questions about the cause of his death.