…car ditched in Sophia, nothing stolen
By Leonard Gildarie
A Friendship businessman was found dead yesterday morning in mysterious circumstances in the Le Repentir Cemetery with four suspected gunshot wounds, shortly after he was reported missing by worried family members.
Dead is Carlos Persaud, called “Jason”, 31, of Lot 6 Ram’s Canefield Drive, Friendship, East Bank Demerara.
His car, a blue Toyota 212, was earlier recovered in “C” Field Sophia after police were tipped off by suspicious residents.
Nothing seemed to be missing from the dead man, and with his car intact, investigators are attempting to piece together a motive.
Persaud, a father of a seven-year-old girl, was said to be the owner of a number of trucks which are contracted to the Guyana Power and Light Inc and ECI, an electrical contracting company also from Friendship.
Kaieteur News was told that a drug addict, who frequents the Le Repentir Cemetery, stumbled on the body which was lying face down early yesterday morning.
He immediately informed the security personnel at the location who subsequently called in the police.
The body was shirtless and investigators believe that Persaud’s hands were duct-taped.
It is believed that the contractor was taken to the cemetery area, not far from the old mortuary, and killed. There appeared to be signs of a struggle in the area where his body was discovered.
However no one reported hearing any gunshots although Kaieteur News was told that Persaud’s body bore two gunshot wounds to his upper back and two more to his left side chest.
Kaieteur News was told that man’s Toyota 212, PMM 2625, was recovered by police after Sophia residents noticed the car with its windows down in the “C” Field section during a heavy downpour.
The keys were in the ignition, throwing further mystery into the possible motive for the killing.
The vehicle was taken to the Brickdam Police Station.
Minutes later, the police received word of a body being found in the Le Repentir Cemetery and sure enough there was a direct link to the recovered car.
Police, who had received a missing person report from the family early yesterday morning, contacted them to identify the body.
Persaud’s wife, Anita, along with other relatives and neighbours who rushed down to the Lyken Funeral Parlour, also confirmed that it was her husband.
While the woman was too distraught to speak, relatives disclosed that Persaud left home shortly after 17:00hrs Friday to buy supplies for a little shop.
“He said that he will be back shortly and he going to town,” a close neighbour of the family said.
In addition to the trucks, the family runs an Internet café and little shop.
“He had two beers with me before he left and I tell him we will continue later because we did not want him drive like that,” another close neighbour disclosed.
Family members did not take much notice and spoke to him around 21:00hrs when Persaud promised to be home shortly.
However, as the hours passed, several calls were made to Persaud’s cell phone but he did not answer.
“We went to all the station to report him missing,” a relative disclosed.
Relatives and neighbours described the man as very friendly with no known enemies.
“He na wear gold so we not sure what happen,” one family member insisted.
Persaud was also described as a jovial person with three foster daughters.
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