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Jul 14, 2015

Man Found Dead In Orange Walk; Was It Murder?

Vicky Hareshlal Gyanchandani

Police have a number of murders to solve, but there is a new case that is baffling authorities in the north. The body of thirty-five year old Vicky Hareshlal Gyanchandani is tonight in the morgue at the Northern Regional Hospital awaiting a post-mortem examination. Police are anxiously awaiting those results to determine if indeed the Indian male died of complications from a chronic illness or if he was murdered. Gyanchandani’s body was discovered this morning in the small room he rented in Orange Walk Town, and there is only one bit of evidence which suggests to Police that foul play may have been involved. Mike Rudon went north this morning and has the story.


Mike Rudon, Reporting

At around nine this morning the body of Vicky Gyanchandani was discovered on the floor of this small room he rented on Guadalupe Street. He’d been renting the room for only three weeks, and from what we’ve been told, he spent much of his time wandering the streets of town, drinking and just hanging out. Nobody heard any commotion during the night or the early morning, and the only thing that led to the discovery was his ringing phone.


Elizardo Ayuso

Elizardo Ayuso, Handyman

“The owner’s daughter-in-law lives in the same room close to him. She got up in the morning and went to scrub her teeth when she heard his phone ringing. So she went to check to wake him up because of the phone that was ringing. She saw him lying there and decided to notify the owner of the house. The lady went to check and when she saw him she said that he was dead.”


Elizardo Ayuso, who maintains the yard where the rented rooms are located, says that there were no signs of a struggle that he could see. He claims that Gyanchandani would never have company in his room because the landlord does not allow it. So Ayuso doesn’t believe that anybody got into the room to do him harm.


Elizardo Ayuso

“He was lying down with his head facing the door and the door was half open. So when I come da work the lady informed me that the guy died back there and I gawn check. I saw that the guy was lying there in only briefs, but I didn’t see any marks on him. In fact…well I didn’t go to touch him or anything to see if he had any marks, but I was close to him and he looked normal. I didn’t see anything strange on his body.”


Police say there was no sign of a struggle in the small room, and no obvious signs of violent injury anywhere on the body. But there is one thing which is giving investigators reason to pause and wait for word of an official cause of death.


Selvyn Tillett

ASP Selvyn Tillett, Officer Commanding, Orange Walk

“There was no sign of struggle. But there was an apparent ligature mark on his neck. The investigation revealed that the deceased has been in the country for quite a while now. According to the Northern Regional Hospital personnel the deceased has a history of chronic alcoholism. He has been visiting said hospital also suffering from stomach ulcers. The body is presently awaiting a post-mortem examination at the morgue which will determine the cause of the death. At this moment we are treating it as a sudden death.”


Gyanchandani was last seen alive on Monday night, gambling in front of a supermarket in Orange Walk Town. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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