Body of female taxi driver found in ditch, car missing
Shock waves rippled through the community of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), on Sunday morning when residents discovered the body of a woman in a ditch.
The dead woman was later identified as 47-year-old Indira Bipat of Lot 18 Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, WBD. She was said to have been a part-time taxi driver and would have left home on Saturday after receiving a telephone call.
Derick Bipat, the now dead woman’s son, when contacted explained that he last saw his mother on Saturday around 17:30h when she left home in the family motorcar, a Silver-Grey Toyota Axio bearing registration number PXX 4114.
“She got a call on her phone and said she was going and coming back just now. That is the car that she uses part-time as a taxi but when they found her body, the car was not there. We don’t know where the car is,” he explained.
According to the distraught son, it was after several calls to his mother’s mobile went unanswered between Saturday night and early Sunday morning that he visited the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station, West Coast Demerara (WCD), to file a missing persons’ report.
“While at the station, a friend of my sister called to say there was news that a body was found in Parfaite, but she did not know if it was our mother. However, we confirmed shortly after that it was my mother. We don’t know what happened or how it happened. Also, the car is yet to be found.”
The now dead woman is survived by her son and her 18-year-old daughter. Her husband passed away in 2013.
The children are hoping that the person(s) responsible for their mother’s demise are caught since it appears as if she was murdered and the car hijacked.
Meanwhile, Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo), Edmond Cooper told this publication that investigations into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death are ongoing.
“We understand she is a taxi driver, so the investigation has now started with this information,” he explained.
According to the Police Commander, it is too early to assume that foul play was involved in the woman’s death, but detectives are looking at all possible angles.
“We have not seen any marks of violence or anything, so, as I said, we are still investigating. We got the report early this (Sunday) morning that a body has been found, a body was lying at the back of Parfaite, and the police responded. They found the lady’s body,” he stated. (Kristen Macklingam)