Body of miner found with hands and feet bound

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Police are investigating the alleged murder of a miner which occurred sometime between September 1 and September 6, 2020, at Thomas Island, Puruni River, Region Seven.

According to a statement from the Guyana Police Force, Tyrone Thomas of Charity, Essequibo Coast was working on a land dredge at Puruni River.

The owner of the land dredge, a 25-year-old resident of Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD) told investigators that he left Thomas on August 16th, 2020 and another worker – a Brazilian National – in the camp.

About one week ago, the owner said Thomas called and informed him that the Brazilian national had left the camp.

On Saturday (September 5), the dredge owner said he and two new workers travelled to the camp at Puruni River and upon arrival they did not see the Thomas.

However, the man said on Sunday at about 07:00 hours, he smelt a stench from Puruni River close by his camp and went to investigate. There, he found Thomas’ body wrapped in a multicolored hammock stuck besides a tree in the river.

Police ranks upon visiting the scene observed that the hands and legs of the victim were bound and a gaping wound was found above the right eye.

The body is currently at the Bartica Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a Post Mortem Examination.

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