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TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Clues point to CAL director

However, because of the advanced state of decomposition, the body could not be positively identified by police, relatives or friends who visited the scene.

According to police, around 10.30 a.m., a resident of the area was walking along Arena Road, Brazil Village, when he smelled something foul coming from the forest near the school. Curious, the man trekked about 100 metres into the forest, where he came across the human remains.

The police were notified and a party of officers from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, the San Raphael Police Station and the Central Division, including Senior Supt Johnny Abraham, Insp Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra Tooleram and Sgt Lawrence, among several others, visited the scene.

The area was immediately cordoned off and crime scene investigators went into the forests to record the conditions and environment in which the body was found. Police sources said the body was bound and the victim’s hands were tied behind his back.

They noted that something resembling duct tape also appeared to have been placed over the victim’s mouth. The body, sources said, was also clad in blue pants and a blue shirt. The victim was also said to be wearing a wristwatch. It was also noted the body was found less than three kilometres from where Niamat’s Toyota Prado had been discovered after he was reported missing.

However, all this was simply circumstantial evidence, police explained, and they refused to identify the victim outright until an examination is performed today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James. Niamat’s nephew, who was at the scene, told the Express yesterday the body was not positively identified as belonging to the CAL director.

A friend of the Niamat family, Imam Morland Lynch, who was at the scene, told the Express the body was clad in the same clothing Niamat was last seen in on January 29. Lynch said: “My contact number was on flyers that were posted seeking information on him.

Someone called that number this morning and said that they found his body. I came up here and the body had his same clothes. I contacted his wife and his brother. The person who informed me of the body contacted the police.” Last week, Niamat’s family offered a reward to anyone who can bring information that can lead to him being found.

The amount of the reward was not disclosed, but the informant would be paid if the information was accurate, said a family member who did not wish to be identified. MISSING SINCE JANUARY 29 Niamat, 69, of Main Road, Chaguanas, left home shortly before midday on January 29 and has not been seen or heard of since.

The relative said Niamat left the house in his burgundy coloured Toyota Prado, telling his nephew he was headed to Port of Spain to purchase a part for a wireless router. “He pressed his GPS (Global Positioning System) in his van at around 12.57. It sent a message to his daughter in Florida. The van was going at 56 kilometres an hour,” the relative said. The relative said the GPS was switched on in the vicinity of Massy Pres-T-Con Ltd, Tumpuna Road, Arima.

The next morning his vehicle was found at Arena Road in Brazil Village. The SUV was locked and nothing was missing from it, nor did it appear to be tampered with. It was seized by the police and taken for forensic testing. Niamat is a father of two and a grandfather of five. He was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, a dark-blue long pants and brown shoes. He is approximately 1.67 metres tall and weighs 64 kilogrammes.

He has short black hair and wore spectacles. The family made an appeal to the public for any information, saying that Niamat suffers from medical issues relating to his thyroid and blood pressure and requires medication daily. CAL chairman: Tragic news Caribbean Airlines chairman Philip Marshall said yesterday that staff were “ deeply grieved at this tragic news” as “we had prayed for the safe return of Director Niamat”.

In a press release, Marshall said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time, and we stand ready in the days and weeks ahead to extend our support in whatever way we can. “On behalf of the board of directors, we are still coming to terms with the tragic loss of a member of the Caribbean Airlines family, who used his experience and wise counsel to serve the airline and its people for whom he so passionately cared. This is a sad day for all of us.” Previous Article Torment for family: Nicole missing for one year. 

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