Port of Spain – The police on Thursday afternoon confirmed that the search for Andrea Bharrat, a clerk at the Arima Magistrate’s court, had ended, after her body was found in a precipice.
The police report that at 12:20 p.m. a motorist was driving along Aripo Road, when he looked down the precipice and saw a decomposed body.
In a statement, the police said that the motorist contacted them and, on responding, they found the body in an advanced state of decomposition.
“Based on the clothing on the body, relatives have confirmed that it is Andrea Bharrat, 23, a clerk who was last attached to the Arima Magistrates Court,” the statement said.
According to police reports, Bharrat boarded a taxi in Arima on January 29 and was then reported missing.
“Several units within the police force, the defence force, hunters and members of the public had been searching for Bharrat for seven days. Several persons of interest are in police custody as investigations are continuing.”
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Ivor Archie, on Thursday said he was deeply saddened on hearing of Bharatt’s disappearance and urged all staff to support and comfort each other.
“As we deal with the emotional trauma that has been occasioned by the manner in which the lives of Andrea, her family, friends and colleagues, have been affected, let us come together as a judiciary family to support and comfort all who are hurting.” (CMC)