Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa to avoid arrest, according to Reuters.

The U.S. State Department confirms that deposed President Zelaya has returned home to Honduras to reclaim his presidency.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says in Washington that U.S. officials have confirmed that Zelaya is in Honduras. But Kelly adds: "Where exactly he is, I don't know, and we're just trying to find out more details."

Officials of the interim government that ousted Zelaya earlier denied his claims that he had returned to Tegucigalpa. And a U.N. official denied that he was at the United Nations office he said he was speaking from in an interview with a local television station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.