Meshal Saad M. Albostani, who was inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when the journalist, later reported missing, entered it, died in a traffic accident in Riyadh, Yeni Safak reported. The outlet, however, provided no details of the accident.
According to media, the Turkish authorities suspect that the journalist may have been killed while inside the consulate. The Turkish police have already searched the building of the consulate and the home of the consul general. Saudi Arabia has rejected the accusations, claiming that Khashoggi had left the diplomatic facility on October, 2, and Riyadh had nothing to do with his disappearance.