THE SON of a local government councillor is suspected to have committed suicide.
Jason Ramnath, 28, son of councillor Diptee Ramnath, was found dead yesterday at his home at Goodman Trace, Penal, hanging from a piece of rope tied to a rafter in a shed with a ladder next to him.
Diptee Ramnath is the local government councillor for the Morne Diablo/Quinam electoral district of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation.
Police were told Jason was last seen alive at around 7 p.m. on Sunday speaking to the neighbours.
Police said Jason was separated from his wife, with whom he had a three-year-old girl, for the past eight months.
He was employed at Petrotrin as a production operator.
Condolences from his friends were posted on his Facebook profile yesterday, with some expressing shock over his sudden death.
District medical officer Dr Raziah examined the body and ordered it removed to Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an autopsy.
Funeral arrangements have been made for tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Penal Presbyterian Church, with the body to be cremated.
Cpl Ralph Persad is investigating.