Body of 82-year-old man found in Vergenoegen trench

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The body of an elderly man was on Wednesday afternoon recovered from a trench at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).

Dead is Herman Benjamin, 82, of Lot 16 Vergenoegen, EBE.

Reports indicate Benjamin’s body was discovered at about 15:45hrs by a man who was weeding in the area. While it is suspected that the elderly man may have slipped into the trench and drowned, the Police have launched an investigation.

A small crowd gathered at the area where the body of the elderly man was found

Mervin Nurse, a nephew of the dead man, when contacted explained that Benjamin had left home early Wednesday morning but did not tell anyone where he was heading.

Relatives were prompted to search the area after Benjamin did not return, but he was nowhere in sight said the man’s family.

Nurse refuted claims that his uncle left home to collect his pension, claiming that the man did so earlier in the month.

At around 16:00hrs, the dead man’s nephew was at home when he received a message stating that his uncle’s body was spotted in a trench.

Nurse noted that he rushed to the area where he saw his uncle’s lifeless body and immediately contacted the Police.

“He forehead get a bruise but it nah had none marks on he body… it nah look like when anyone do he anything… it just look like he slipped in the trench while he de walking,” Nurse added.

The man explained that his uncle cared for his visually impaired wife and was always at home looking after her. He had one daughter but she died several years ago.

Benjamin’s body was taken to a funeral parlour where it awaits a post-mortem examination.

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