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Body of missing woman at Kaieteur transported to city; Park reopens

Laleta Sivanand

Fifteen days after a domestic tourist went missing at the Kaieteur National Park (KNP), her body was transported Wednesday to Georgetown for an autopsy to be conducted later this week, the Ministry of the Presidency said in a statement. 

The Kaieteur National Park has since been re-opened following the retrieval and transporting of Gyaneshwarie ‘Laleta’ Sivanand’s body to the city.

The body, which was first spotted by a KNP Ranger late Saturday (September 12, 2015)  afternoon, was found in a rocky area at the base of the Falls, which had previously been submerged by high water levels.

Late in the afternoon of Tuesday September 1, it was discovered that a tourist, who has arrived at the KNP on an Air Services Limited flight, was missing after she left her group on the way back from touring the Falls. 

A search operation was immediately launched by the KNP Rangers. An expanded search was later led by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), focusing on the base of the Falls and the surrounding gorge and trails, but no trace of the woman had been found at that time.

The Ministry of the Presidency’s says it expresses condolences to the family and friends of the deceased tourist during this difficult time