Missing British Columbia professor Ramazan Gencay found dead in Colombia

VANCOUVER — A British Columbia professor who went missing in Colombia earlier this month has been found dead.

A statement sent to Simon Fraser University faculty and staff says Colombian police recovered the body of Ramazan (Ramo) Gencay outside of Medellin.

University president Andrew Petter says the economics professor will be deeply missed and that his heart goes out to Gencay’s family, friends, students and colleagues.

Gencay’s wife Carole Gencay says on Facebook that her husband suffered an untimely death in Colombia and a celebration of life is being planned.

Global Affairs Canada says a Canadian citizen has died in Colombia and consular services are being provided to the person’s family.

Petter’s statement to university employees says there are numerous support services available for students, faculty and staff.

“I know how distressing this news is for the SFU community, and I wish to reassure everyone that we will continue to do everything we can to support Ramo’s family at this sad and difficult time,” he said.

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