KYZYL, June 19 (Itar-Tass) - Chechen Ool- Mongush, recognized as the best athelet of the 20th century in the Republic of Tuva in southern Siberia, has been found dead in a forest. The body of the celebrated wrestler was dug up from under the ground, the press service of the Tuva SK department said. A local resident had strangled the celebrated wrestler with a whip, it said.
The investigation found out that a 23- year-old local resident from the settlement of Cecerlig was the culprit responsible for the wrestler's death. The suspect has confessed that he strangled the victim with a whip and buried the body.
During an investigative experiment conducted on the murder scene the suspect indicated the place where he had buried his victim. It was exactly the place where the body was found, the local SK department confirmed. An investigation continues to collect more evidence against the suspect.
Chechen Ool- Mongush, who took part in the 1996 Olympics, was last seen as a referee at a national wrestling championship -Kuresh, held in Kyzyl on June 9. After the end of the tournament the wrestler was never seen again.