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Lost B.C. Professor Ramazan Gencay was found dead in Colombia

Canadian Press

Published Thursday, December 27, 2018 17:45 EST

Last Updated Thursday, December 27, 2018 19:04 EST

VANCOUVER – Family and colleagues of a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., who was missing in Colombia said he had been found dead.

Colombian police found the body of Ramazan (Ramo) Gencay outside Medellín, said university president Andrew Petter in a statement to teaching staff and staff on Wednesday.

"Ramo will be sorely missed by the SFU community, and our hearts are on the families, friends and faculty of SFU, students and staff who work with them," he wrote.

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

Carole Gencay posted a brief statement on Facebook on Thursday confirming her husband died this month.

"You probably already know that he suffered premature death in Medellin, Colombia. I will contact the celebration of the details of life," he said.

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

Friends and family turned to social media earlier this month to spread the news that he was missing.

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

"Our thoughts are with family and friends of Canadian citizens who died in Colombia," spokesman Philip Hannan said in a statement.

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

In a statement issued by the university, Petter said everyone in the school "would be saddened by the tragic news of Professor Gencay's death."

"He is an outstanding contributor to the university community and will be missed by all who know him."

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