The bound, decomposing bodies of two males appearing to be of Caucasian descent were discovered at separate points on the Corentyne yesterday and Thursday and the police were last night contemplating the gamut of possibilities behind the macabre find.
Both of the men’s hands and feet were bound together with pieces of green rope. Their heads were completely bald and their teeth, eyes, ears and parts of their face were missing. Immersion in ocean water for long periods can lead to severe skin bleaching so the police are leaving all options open.
Police Commander ‘B’ Division Clinton Conway told Stabroek News last night that Police are working on all possible leads into the deaths, but didn’t believe that the men were Guyanese. Post-mortem examinations are to be conducted.
Persons who made the gruesome discovery told this newspaper the men, who were without footwear, appeared to be just over five feet tall.
A fisherman told this newspaper that he bumped into the body yesterday morning as he was going to check his seine. He said he immediately turned back and alerted his son and a brother who had a closer look.
The man’s hands and feet were tied together in front, almost in a crouching position and his body was braced on a mangrove tree. He appeared to be “nicely dressed” in a pair of “grayish” shorts and cream-coloured t-shirt.
They made a report to the Whim Police Station and ranks removed the body about one hour later and transported it to Ramoo’s Funeral Home at Port Mourant. According to reports the owner of the funeral parlour refused the body, complaining that the police owe him a lot of money for similar cases.
The body was then transported to a mortuary in New Amsterdam but it was again rejected because of its decomposing state and had to be returned to Ramoo’s.
And the owner of a fish farm at Whim, Ronald Arjune, said on Thursday a gardener saw the other body on the shore in the vicinity of his fish pond and informed him. He in turn made a report to the Whim station.
He said the body, which seemed to be swollen was clad in a pair of ‘three-quarter’ light-coloured pants and black sleeveless t-shirt and was found face-down. His hands and feet were bound together at the back. He said a part of the left foot below the knee appeared to have been bitten off.
The police in the area have not received any report of missing persons.
The Corentyne area has been a hotbed recently of piracy and many boats have been attacked and crews beaten. There was speculation yesterday that this was one possibility. Otherwise, police sources say that the men might have been tossed overboard from a passing ship.