The search for Vernon Ganga, who went missing almost two weeks ago ended on Wednesday March 24th, after his decomposing body was found in a drain in Penal.

Investigators said an autopsy has to be done to rule out foul play.  However, Ganga’s relatives told the police he was an alcoholic and suffered from seizures.

Vernon Ganga, of Snail Trace, Scott Road, Penal, went missing on March 13th.  He was last seen alive at Scott’s Road.  Police said around 1 pm on Wednesday, a passer-by saw the decomposed body in a drain along Scott’s Road.  

Vernon’s brother, Sundar, identified the body. 

A friend and co-worker who did not want to be identified, told Guardian Media Sundar had been searching everywhere for Vernon, including in the forests.

Describing him as an A-class mechanic, Sundar said he believes that Vernon suffered a seizure and fell into the drain.

Sundar said on Wednesday, he was at his garage at Scott’s Road when a man told him that he detected a foul odour while parking his car, and that the odour came from a decomposing body in the drain.

“I was looking all over not knowing that the man right in the drain there,” he said. 

Vernon, he added, had no children and was separated from his wife.  Sundar said he had spoken to his brother several times about his alcohol addiction.