Malkangiri, Mar 29: Canadian national John is yet to be recovered even after 37 hours since he went missing in the forest close to the inter-state border of Odisha and Chhattisgarh late on Monday night.
On the other hand, Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena claimed that the police have traced the Canadian and reasserted that he is safe in an interior area of the district.
Apparently, Adivasis in the locality have detained the Canadian due to a communication problem on both sides.
As the area is infested by Maoists, it was earlier suspected that the foreign national has been abducted by the red rebels while he was passing the forest on a bicycle.
Odisha police along with its Chhattisgarh counterpart had launched massive search operations at different places to trace John, who had come to Chhattisgarh from Mumbai since March 14 as planned by a city travel agent.