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Missing pensioner found dead under pile of tyres

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

A PENSIONER reported missing since Monday was found dead on Tuesday evening, his body covered under a pile of tyres off an oilfield road near Point Fortin.

Police and family members believe Stephen Lee, 83, was killed for his silver coloured Nissan Sunny motor car, licence plate number PBY 3570.

Police were searching for the vehicle last night.

Lee's body was discovered by police officers at a oilfield facility belonging to Petrotrin, in the vicinity of Three Sisters, Guapo.

The body was found around 6.30 p.m., when police spotted a forearm and fingers protruding from under the tyres.

Lee's body was lying face-up and there were wounds to the neck and shoulders. He was dressed in underpants and a white T-shirt. Next to the body were two hand towels.

Lee was a father of nine.

His daughter, Benicia Lee, said her father left his home at Buenos Ayres, Erin, around 8.30 a.m. on Monday to go to Point Fortin. He told family members he was going to visit a mechanic because the car needed repairs.

She said her father left home wearing khaki coloured short pants and a striped T-shirt. She said when Lee did not return home by around 6 p.m., the family became worried because he was not known for staying out late.

Friends and other family members were notified and they conducted a search for him in Point Fortin. When he was not found, a police report was made at Erin Police Station around 10 p.m.

Benicia said police conducted road blocks that night in search of him and they continued their search on Tuesday.

Between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. the family received a call from police that a body was found and they asked for a family member to identify the body.

Lee's body was identified by his son, Benedict Lee, she said.

Benicia Lee said she believed her father was killed because of his vehicle.

Lee's wife, Ivy, 81, said they were married for 57 years.

"I just want to know exactly what happened and how he died," she said.

Lee was described as a good father who always cared for his children.

She described her father as a passive person who was always around when needed.

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