5 July 2018 Bishop Beloretsk Birsk and Elijah, who was in pilgrimage in Greece and on mount Athos, went to the seafront in Halkidiki. After a few hours, the familiar Bishop Elijah worried his absence and went in search. Also the searches involved were the police and the coast guard.
July 6, morning Bishop Elijah was found dead. Causes of death are currently installed. After completion of the required procedures and investigation the body of the deceased will be delivered to Russia, reports patriarhiei.