Body found in Kaieteur Gorge confirmed as missing female tourist

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Dead: Gyaneshwarie Laleta Sivinand
Dead: Gyaneshwarie Laleta Sivinand

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The body of a woman who was found at the gorge of the Kaieteur Falls has been confirmed as that of missing tourist, Gyaneshwarie Laleta Sivinand.

A press release from the Ministry of the Presidency confirmed the suspicion late Monday evening. According to the press statement, “a special team from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) today (Monday, September 14) located and secured the body of the tourist who had been reported missing at the Kaieteur National Park (KNP).”

The body, which was first spotted by a KNP ranger late Saturday afternoon, was found in a rocky area at the base of the Falls, which had previously been submerged because of high water levels.

The body will be elevated to the area at the top of the Falls on Tuesday, and will be transported by plane to Georgetown for a post-mortem examination.

According to the release, the Park remains closed for the completion of the recovery operation and is expected to be re-opened by Wednesday, September 16.

Meanwhile, as the recovery operation continues, “the Ministry of the Presidency expresses sympathy to the family of the tourist during this difficult time. Thanks are expressed to all officials and agencies that supported the work of the GPF and the GDF during the search and now the recovery operation.”

The woman was reported missing at Kaieteur National Park (KNP) on September 01. iNews had reported that she was part of a group of persons on a tour, organised by a local tour operator – Air Services Limited. Reports indicate that Sivinand was seen crying while on the phone on the plane; however when the aircraft landed at the Falls, she appeared perky.

It has been reported that the flight had a total of nine passengers and sometime during the tour, she was discovered to be missing. Contrary to what the woman had told people on the trip, she is neither a doctor nor an environmentalist. As a matter of fact, she is a former employee of Laparkan and Singer’s.

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