TBILISI, DFWatch–A 77 year old man who went missing a few days ago in the village Ergneti next to South Ossetia was found dead on Thursday.

Valiko Kasradze disappeared late at night on January 12.

His family thought he might have lost his way and been detained by Russian soldiers. Ergneti lies adjacent to the de facto border, and every year dozens of people are detained for crossing it. But representatives of the breakaway region didn’t confirm that Kasradze had been detained.

His body was found Thursday on farm land in Brotsleti, near Ergneti. According to preliminary information he had frozen to death. His body was taken to his home.