A Ukrainian media outlet has claimed the incident at Petit Bot is linked to time Mr Alps reportedly spent with a voluntary military organisation.
Chief of police Patrick Rice said they were aware of the Latvian national’s role with a pro-Ukrainian movement, but said any claims this is related to the burnt-out car are unsubstantiated.
‘While I am incredibly reluctant to be drawn on speculation or unconfirmed reports, I do believe it necessary to address some of the narratives that have been aired,’ he said.
‘We are aware that Mr Alps has connections with a pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian movement. We are aware of comments in the Ukrainian media attributed to a commander suggesting he knows the facts.
‘Given that it is yet to be formally confirmed whether Mr Alps is alive or deceased, there is no concrete evidence at this stage linking his involvement with this movement to his car being found burnt-out.’
Asked for more details about Mr Alps’ background, Mr Rice said the Latvian had moved to the island in 2005.
The then 21-year-old’s mother was already living here.
Mr Alps was self-employed and worked in the motor trade.
Mr Rice was unable to say whether he was known to police previously.
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