Missing tourist is NYPD officer


Gladstone Haynes who went missing on Sunday while swimming in the Ireng River at Orinduik Falls has been identified as a New York Police Department (NYPD) veteran officer.

“Officer Gladstone Haynes, who works in the 70th Precinct, vanished while at the popular tourist site the Orinduik and Kaieteur waterfalls on the border of Guyana and Brazil as part of a tour group,” the New York Post reported.

The NYPD confirmed on Tuesday that the department is helping Guyanese authorities in the search for Haynes.

The army’s special forces are assisting police with the search-and-rescue operation aimed at finding the missing cop.

According to publicly available records, Haynes has been on the force since 2005 and at the 70th Precinct since 2017, The Post said.

Meanwhile, the local police reported that Haynes is a 43-year-old technician of Alexander Village in Georgetown but according to The Post, Haynes was vacationing in Guyana.

Police said Haynes and his wife 34-year-old US citizen Vanessa Alicia Vassell was on a tour at Orinduik Falls.
The couple was celebrating Vassell’s birthday when tragedy struck.

According to the police Gladstone was swimming below the Orinduik Falls when he went under and disappeared.

Haynes is regarded as a 17-year department veteran.

  1. Xhrp2wkb1 says

    He is an NYPD officer of Guyanese lineage.

    I got that from impeccable sources. But you can check for yourselves.

  2. Patricia Pierre says

    How unfortunate. This is the third life that the Kaieteur Falls has claimed – two women
    and d one man. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and other loved ones.

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