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POLICE SAY BODY MAY BE KIDNAPPED MAN

Lingering hopes of finding German kidnap victim Jakub Fiszman alive appeared dashed Saturday when police said they found a corpse that was almost certainly that of the multimillionaire.

After a four-day search in dense woodland outside Frankfurt -- described by the suspects arrested in the abduction -- police said they had found a body partly covered by leaves and a felled tree.

"According to the information we have so far, we believe that in all probability, verging on certainty, the body is that of Jakub Fiszman," said Police Chief Klaus Timm of Hesse state.

The search for Fiszman, 40, whose electronics and real-estate fortune is estimated at more than $250 million, gripped Germany for days. Fiszman was abducted outside his Frankfurt office on Oct. 1.

Two suspects, Rainer Koerppen, 48, and his son Sven, 26, have been in custody since Wednesday.

Fiszman's brother Georg paid a ransom of $2.5 million Oct. 10, but his kidnappers reneged. Police have recovered most of the ransom.

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