Family believes skeletal remains found at Puruni may be missing woman’s

Several persons are being questioned as the police continue to probe the one-week old discovery of skeletal remains, suspected to be that of a missing woman, at Thomas Island, Puruni River, in Region Seven.

Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis told Stabroek News that the individuals are being questioned based on information received by the police.

Adonis also said that while preparations are being made to have an autopsy conducted, relatives of a missing woman, Petal Hafeez, have come forward and said they suspect the remains are hers.

Hafeez, Adonis said, worked in the backdam but has not been heard from or seen for some time.

“…For now we are working with that information—that it may be her—but this has not been confirmed,” Adonis explained.

The skeletal remains were found last Tuesday.

A police source had previously related to Stabroek News that at the time of the discovery, there was only a brassiere on the remains and some amount of flesh.

This newspaper was told that the police learnt of the discovery after they received a call from a security guard of a mining company last Tuesday. Another security guard of the same company was heading to make a phone call at an internet café when he stumbled upon the remains. As a result, a party of police officers was dispatched to the scene.

It is suspected that the remains were there for several weeks based on the state of decomposition, the source had said.

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