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Missing University Professor Simon Fraser Ramazan Genkai found dead in Colombia



VANCOUVER. The family and colleagues of Simon Fraser University Professor at Burnaby, missing in Colombia, are said to have been found dead.

Colombian police discovered the body of Ramazan (Ramo) Genkai near Medellin, said university president Andrew Petter in a statement to teachers and staff on Wednesday.

“Rameau will greatly miss the SFU community, and our hearts turn to his family, friends and teachers of the SFU, students and employees who have worked with him,” he wrote.

"I know how sad this news is for the SFU community, and I want to assure everyone that we will continue to do everything we can to support the Rameo family during this sad and difficult time."

Carol Jankey on Thursday published a short statement on Facebook confirming that her husband died this month.

“You may already know that he suffered an untimely death in Medellín, Colombia. I will be in touch with the celebration of the details of life, ”she said.

Gencay was in Colombia to attend seminars, and his wife said he was last seen at a salsa nightclub on December 6th.

Earlier this month, his friends and family turned to social networks to spread information about what he was missing.

Global Affairs works with the family

Global Affairs Canada said it was providing consular assistance to a Canadian family who died in Colombia.

“We are thinking of the family and friends of a Canadian citizen who died in Colombia,” spokesman Philip Hannan said in a statement.

"Canadian consular officials contact local authorities to gather additional information."

In a statement released by the university, Petter said that everyone in the school "will be saddened by the tragic news about the death of Professor Genkey."

"He was an outstanding contributor to the university community and will miss everyone who knew him very much."

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