The Ministry of the Presidency has reported that at 8:10 this morning, the body of Private W. Zamora, an enlisted rank of the Venezuelan Armed Forces (VAF), was found in the Cuyuni River, Cuyuni –Mazaruni Region.
According to the release, the partly decomposed body was discovered approximately 250 metres down river from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) location at Eteringbang, in the Cuyuni River by a member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).
The Officer had been conducting patrols in the area at the time.
The Ministry of the Presidency said the Venezuelan Armed Forces location Commander at Ankoko Island was informed and told members of the Guyana Police Force that Private Zamora went missing on Monday January 18, 2016, when he fell into a tributary of the Cuyuni River in Venezuela.
The Guyana Police Force conducted investigations and the body was handed over to the Venezuelan military.
The discovery of the soldier’s body comes just days after a number of Guyanese nationals died in an early morning river accident in the Orinoco river as they returned to Guyana from Venezuela.