LONDON — Detectives searching for a missing British spy said Wednesday they had launched a murder investigation after a body matching the man's description was discovered stuffed in a bag in his apartment near the headquarters of the MI6 spy agency.
British authorities who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation said the body of the man in his 30s was found in the bathroom Monday.
Scotland Yard refused to say whether there were signs of a struggle or how the man may have been killed, but said suicide had been ruled out. An autopsy and formal identification was expected later Wednesday.
The man had been working for MI6 on temporary assignment from GCHQ, Britain's eavesdropping agency, said several British officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
They all declined to say exactly what work the man was doing or how long he had been employed with the government, but officials said initial indications did not suggest his death was related to his job, or national security issues.