Body found at Leguan: CCTV footage shows victim boarding taxi after being dropped off at CJIA
…autopsy reveals victim was struck to head, strangled
As Police intensify their investigations into the mystery surrounding the death of overseas-based Guyanese Roma Dookeran, whose body was found at the Leguan foreshore two Fridays ago, CCTV recordings showed that she never checked in for her flight at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
Instead, she was seen boarding a taxi moments after being dropped off at Guyana’s main port of entry. From reports in various sections of the media, the woman reportedly checked in at a city hotel on Thursday evening.
Her body was, however, discovered on Friday. Manoj Seree, one of the woman’s nephews who identified the body to be that of his aunt, related that he dropped her off at the CJIA at about 22:45h on Thursday evening since she was expected to board an American Airlines flight back to Canada.
After learning that she had not arrived home and her whereabouts were unknown, he and other relatives went to the Ezekiel Funeral Parlour to check on the body that washed up at Leguan since the photo that was carried in the media bore a resemblance to their missing aunt.
Tragically, he recalled, the body was that of his aunt. The family remains in shock and is now seeking answers. The situation got even worst after an autopsy conducted on the woman’s body gave the cause of death as blunt trauma to the head and compression to the neck.
The examination was conducted on Friday by Government pathologist Dr Nehal Singh.
Dookeran’s partially-nude body was found at the Leguan foreshore in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) on March 17. Dookeran, formerly of Pert Village, Essequibo Coast, reportedly arrived in Guyana to finalise several business transactions a week prior to the discovery of her body.
Police Commander of Region Three, Mahendra Sewnarine, when contacted, stated that detectives are now treating the case as murder.
He confirmed that CCTV footage showed that the victim was dropped off at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) prior to her body being found.
As such, the Commander said detectives are looking through more airport security footage and are making checks with the airline to find out what might have transpired after the drop-off. Police are continuing their investigations.