Mar 18, 2013 News
By Leon Suseran
The body of an overseas- based Guyanese U.S Army Service member, Cpt. Dr. Max Kungel, 42, was discovered yesterday morning inside a vehicle in the Number 71 Village, Corentyne rice backlands.
The body bore two gunshot wounds.
When the discovery was made, all the doors of his rented white Toyota Tundra were sprawled open.
From all indications Kungel was robbed since his iPhone as well as two other cell phones and three pieces of jewellery were missing; his wallet was empty, save for a few U.S coins and a US$20.
Dr. Kungel, a medical doctor in the U.S. Military, arrived in Guyana on March 7 last to attend a religious function to commemorate his grandmother’s ‘one- year’ death anniversary and was staying at his sister’s Anjanie’s residence at Lot 202, Number 72 Village, Corentyne.
He was scheduled to leave Guyana today for North Carolina where he resided. He is not married nor does he have any children. His only next of kin in Guyana is his sister, Anjalie, who was at the Springland’s Police Station much of yesterday giving statements to the police.
According to his cousin, Ernesto, the mysterious slaying of Kungel really came as a shock to the entire family since he [Kungel] was a very friendly, caring person who was never known to have problems with anyone, both in Guyana and the U.S.A.
He stated that Kungel was last seen shortly after 21:00 hrs on Saturday evening at the place in which he resided, after he had mixed and mingled with his relatives and friends in the area.
He later left in a white Tacoma GLL 3356, which he rented from Rockaway Rentals.
“It look like somebody rob he and shoot he—he get shot just below his left side stomach—he was sitting in his car seat and his wallet and car keys—both on the ground- -wallet empty and usually he get a big cricket band, a chain and a ring—all three gone,” Ernesto told this newspaper.
The man stated that word got around that the man’s body was discovered by residents around 09:00 hrs yesterday.
“Everyone went to the Number 71 backdam—the Branch Road—and he was lying in his left- hand drive seat—and he just brace back like this – and one of his shoes outside the van and one inside—and usually, he does get his cell phones with he—no cell phones—the wallet was empty and it get a US$ 20 and some change—coins—American coins, and the keys were on the ground as well…all four doors were opened and not much blood,” Ernesto related.
The area where Kungel’s body was found is located next to a rice- field.
“He’s not really a bad guy to anybody—he always good to the family and always willing to lend a helping hand to anybody,” he stated.
At the scene police dusted the vehicle for fingerprints and later took the body to the Skeldon Hospital Mortuary.
Detectives also searched the house in which Dr. Kungel was staying and confiscated two laptops, his U.S. Passport and U.S. Army card. The family has presumed that the police have informed the U.S. Army about the death of their service member.
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