Thursday, February 22, 2018

Groom’s body found

 TWO days after he disappeared, Umar Mohammed’s body washed ashore in Mayaro yesterday—the day he was to get married.

The body was spotted by a passersby on the beach off Maloney Road, close to where he disappeared on Sunday while bathing with his fiancee, Abigail Agard.

Agard said around 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, she was in the water with Mohammed, when he said he was going for a swim.

Agard said she lost track of him as she dived underneath a wave. After several minutes of searching in vain in the water and along the seashore, she raised an alarm. 

Mohammed, 34, was a British citizen and lived in his grandmother’s house at Gangaram Branch Trace, Torrib Trace, New Grant.

His aunt, Zorina Mohammed, said he was “very religious” and he wished to perform the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia—the largest gathe­ring of Muslims in the world. 

His aunt said Mohammed’s parents and five siblings reside in London, England. His father is expected to return to Trinidad tomorrow. 

Zorina Mohammed said her nephew was looking forward to exchanging his marriage vows with Agard and had told his family he loved her very much.

Agard said Mohammed was “kind and loyal” to her, and minu­tes before he disappeared they spoke of their impending marriage, honeymoon in Tobago and their future together.

The body was examined by district medical officer Dr Moses and an autopsy is expected to be performed today.

Police said no foul play is suspected in the death. 

Constable Sutherland of Mayaro Police Station is investigating. —Susan Mohammed