Body of elderly woman recovered in ‘backtrack’ route tragedy

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The body of 77-year-old Baboni Harihar known as ‘Doris’, of Percy Smith Street, Palmyra (East Berbice-Corentyne) was discovered on the Number 69 Village foreshore on Wednesday.

The discovery was made around 08:25h by a fisherman who was setting his seine in the vicinity when he noticed a handbag on the beach; upon further investigation, he found the body of the elderly woman among mangrove roots on the foreshore.

The fisherman quickly ran from the area and made contact with the police; the body was escorted to the Anthony’s Funeral Parlour where Nadira Valdez, positively identified the remains as that of her beloved grandmother.

The area where Harihar’s body washed up (Photo: News Room/February 10, 2021)

Harihar’s remains were found mere two hours after Alwin Joseph was discovered in the vicinity of Number 60 foreshore (East Berbice-Corentyne). Still missing is 48-year-old Sharida Hussein.

The trio was on their way back to Guyana from Suriname via the backtrack route in a speed boat when they informed relatives that they were dropped off in waist-deep water on the sandbank in the dark on Tuesday night.

Hussein’s family has not given up the search for her; a team earlier departed for Skeldon to continue searching.

Guyana’s borders with Suriname has been closed since March 2020 in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. As a result, many persons have been using the backtrack route to conduct business.

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