The autopsies of two Bahamian men found dead in a river in Turin, Italy, have been completed, High Commissioner of The Bahamas to the UK and Northern Ireland Ellison Greenslade said yesterday.
Greenslade, who is in Turin, said officials had not yet shared the results of the autopsies with him or the family.
“…My team and I were warmly received upon arrival in Italy and we have been shown the greatest measure of courtesy and respect by the Italian government and all officials in Italy,” he said in a voice message forwarded from Bahamas Information Services.
“I am satisfied, here on the ground, that the investigation into the deaths of these two promising Bahamian men is receiving the fullest attention of the Italian government and law enforcement officials.
“This morning, Colin and Christopher Wright, were able to view the bodies of their nephew, Alrae Ramsey, and they were able to make a positive identification.”
He said the sister of Blair John also positively identified her brother on June 5.
“I can confirm that the autopsy commenced this morning (Sunday) here in Turin, on both bodies, and as of recent reports received from officials, the external autopsies have been completed. I have not received the preliminary findings of the autopsies as of this report to you but I anticipate receiving it very soon.
“As you know, the full autopsy, that is the very detailed autopsy complete with toxicology reports etc, will follow later.
“I am extremely pleased, as of this report, to tell The Bahamas that subsequent to the family meeting this morning, extremely good progress has been made in this case. This is an ongoing and sensitive investigation and we must all be very careful in the way information is disseminated.”
The body of Bahamian diplomat Alrae Ramsey, 29, was pulled from the Po River, in Turin, on June 4.
One day later, Ramsey’s friend, Blair John, 28, was found in the same body of water.
The autopsy of the coroner Paola Rapetti will determine the exact cause of death.
Toxicology examinations are also being conducted to determine whether the two had ingested alcohol or drugs.
An initial forensic medical examination indicated that they would’ve been in the river for two to three days, according to reports.
The men spent their last days in the Via La Loggia bed and breakfast.
Ramsey, who was on academic leave, was employed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since December 9, 2013.
He was posted at The Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as third secretary/vice-consul in 2016-2017.
Last year, he was granted an in-service award to pursue a one-year postgraduate diploma program in diplomacy/international relations and languages at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria for the period September 2018 to June 2019.
Jo hn was a doctoral candidate in psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada.
He traveled to Turin to make a presentation at a psychology conference of behalf of the university.