Police probe disappearance of young Canadian citizen in Berbice

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Police have launched an investigation into the disappearance of Canadian citizen 23-year-old Nicholas Ramkissoon Jaipaul from his grandfather’s home at Lot 42 Section ‘A’ Number 69 Village, East Berbice Corentyne.

Jaipaul is suspected to have gone missing between Sunday at 19:00h and Monday 05:30h.

His grandfather, 86-year-old Ramkissoon Jaipaul told the News Room that he suspects Nicholas was kidnapped because someone contacted him early Monday via telephone and informed that they have his grandson.

Jaipaul said he last saw his grandson before he retired to bed on Sunday and woke up Monday to the strange phone call.

“The caller asked where I am. I said I’m downstairs. Then he says ‘where is my grandson Nicholas?’ I said he’s upstairs and he say ‘no, check upstairs’…So I get crazy I couldn’t take it.”

The elderly man said he became flustered and contacted two of his employees to assist him and check the room in the upper flat.

His worse fears were confirmed when they discovered the young man missing.

Jaipaul explained that his grandson resides in Ontario, Canada, but was on holiday in Guyana since January; he was due to return in May but as a result of the travel restrictions and the closure of the airports to curb the spread of COVID-19, he was unable to return.

The elderly man said his grandson has never left the house without informing him; his documents and clothing are still intact and no forced entry was found.

Jaipaul is extremely worried and is appealing to anyone with information about his grandson to contact the nearest police station or the family on telephone number 338-4222.

Meanwhile, Commander of ‘B’ Division Calvin Brutus said a search has been ongoing since Monday night.

He told the News Room that three persons have been detained for questioning thus far.

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