NICOSIA, Cyprus - A Canadian tourist has been found strangled at the bottom of a gorge near a southern coastal resort in Cyprus, police said Thursday.

The man was identified as 39-year-old Sergy Nalyvaisky, a Canadian citizen of Ukrainian descent, police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said.

State coroner Nikos Charalambous said an autopsy showed that someone had strangled Nalyvaisky with their bare hands. The victim also suffered multiple head injuries caused by a blunt instrument before his body was thrown into the 330-foot (100-meter) gorge.

Initially, the coroner's office said the blows caused Nalyvaisky's death.

Katsounotos said Nalyvaisky was a used car salesman who had arrived on the island June 27 on holiday and was staying at a hotel in the southern coastal resort of Limassol. He had been due to leave Thursday.

His body was discovered by a hiker Wednesday 35 kilometres (20 miles) east of Limassol, near the Aphrodite's Rock tourist attraction.

Katsounotos said Cypriot authorities have asked Interpol's offices in Canada and the Ukraine for help in the case.

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