|Ray Kublalsingh’s body found |
By CECILY ASSON Saturday, July 12 2014
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IN SHOCK: Vilma Kublalsingh in shock at her Claxton Bay home after hearing the news about the death of her husband, Ray Kublalsingh. ...
The partially decomposing body of Ray Kublalsingh, the 81-year-old father of environmentalist, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, who went missing on Tuesday, was found lying face down in some bushes a few miles within the forested lands in Claxton Bay, which he owns.
Yesterday as family and friends struggled with the tragic news, his grief stricken daughter attorney Judy Kublalsingh, told reporters that the family was now anxiously looking forward to an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.
“At this point, we don’t know if exhaustion got the better of him, or if foul play is involved,” Judy said.
She said she was told that the area where the body was found was “almost out on to the highway (north bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy) leading them to believe that he may have tried to make it out to safety.
“We just have to wait and see.”
On Thursday, the Anti-Kidnapping Squad (AKS) had joined the search for the missing man.
According to a report, at about 2.30 pm yesterday, one of the search parties led by villager Ramesh Outar, and including son-in-law Randy Mootoo, stumbled upon the body of the elder Kublalsingh in an area on the vast acreage of land which, according to reports, had not been covered in previous searches.
It was not the end that worried relatives had hoped for when a massive search, which included soldiers, police, tracker dogs and helicopters from the National Operations Centre, began around lunchtime on Tuesday for Ray who owns 400 acres of land near his home in Kowlessarsingh Trace, Union Village, Claxton Bay.
Relatives said they never believed he was still in that area because of the extensive search conducted there since Tuesday.
Judy recalled that at about 10.30 am on Tuesday, Ray left home, despite his wife Vilma’s plea not to go on the land, in search of cassava. He failed to return home after half an hour, as he had promised.
Judy added, “She told him not to go because there was no need to, as there are all kinds of food in the fridge. We are all heart-broken as we were all hoping for a happy outcome.
The family however remains baffled that Ray would have veered off far from “the beaten track,” as it was his land, and he knew it well, Judy said.
“We really want to see the results of that autopsy report.”
Describing her father as a very independent thinker and a passionate man, she said he was one who never cared what people would think of him, and would voice his opinion.” Except for bypass surgery which he underwent a few years ago, Ray was mentally and physically strong, Judy revealed.
“My mother has lost her life partner, and right now she is thinking how he might have died, and how he suffered,” she went on to say, “She is very traumatised.” The couple were married for 57 years, and have eight children and 12 grandchildren.
Ray was supposed to attend the intimate beach wedding of his eldest granddaughter Candace Mootoo in the United States on July 25, and was looking forward to the occasion.
Up to late yesterday relatives had not yet been informed of a date for the autopsy.
Investigations are continuing.