A 28-year-old Spaniard who had been kidnapped in June in Colombia was found dead in the southwestern province of Cauca, authorities said Friday.

The body of Sergio Muñiz Brioso, a native of the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, was discovered Thursday night on the outskirts of the town of Corinto, municipal police inspector Harvey Castillo Velasco told Efe by phone.

Muñiz Brioso's Spanish passport was found next to his body, Castillo said.

Area residents heard shots fired after 7:00 p.m. Thursday and notified the police, who found the victim with his eyes bandaged, the police inspector added.

"The body bore gunshot wounds at short range and was taken to the coroner's office in Cali (capital of the neighboring province of Valle del Cauca)," Castillo added.

The Spanish Embassy in Colombia did not confirm or deny the information.

Muñiz Brioso apparently arrived in Colombia in early June and stayed at a hotel in downtown Cali.

He traveled between June 5 and June 6 to Santander de Quilichao, an area of Cauca rife with illegal armed groups, and had not been seen since, according to police.

"We don't know why he was in Santander. He went with two Colombians and had a business meeting at a rural property," police Gen. Humberto Guatibonza told Efe last month.

The Spanish citizen was believed to have been abducted by common criminals, he said then. EFE