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Joel Balcon - Main suspect in the murder of Andrea Bharatt

The man said by police to be the main suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Andrea Bharatt is dead.

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith confirmed to Guardian Media that Joel Belcon, 37, died while being treated at the Mount Hope hospital.

Other senior police sources told Guardian Media that he died around 2:40 pm.

Belcon sources said was the man that drove the Nissan Versa in which Bharatt was kidnapped on January 29.

Belcon, a known sex offender was detained with several other persons two days later for questioning into her disappearance.

He made an attempt to escape from police custody at Jacob Settlement in Sangre Grande last Sunday.

Belcon, alias Devon Charles, investigators believe is responsible for the disappearance of several women -including one woman who went missing 13 years ago.