UPDATE: Skeletal remains in Bandarawela those of missing Talawa police officer?

UPDATE: Skeletal remains in Bandarawela those of missing Talawa police officer?

UPDATE: Skeletal remains in Bandarawela those of missing Talawa police officer?

Written by Lahiru Fernando

04 Jun, 2015 | 8:11 pm

The skeletal remains of a police officer missing since 2012 have been discovered from the Ohiya Forest Reserve in Bandarawela.

According to the Police Media Unit, the remains had been found by a patrolling  officer of the Wildlife Department, who had then informed the police about the discovery.

A National Identity Card, a mobile phone, clothes and a letter have been found along with the remains. The Police Media Unit noted that according to the NIC, the deceased served as a police officer, and was attached to the Settikulama Police in Vavuniya.

According to the identification card, the skeletal remains are of Aththanayake Mudiyanselage Gunapala Prasad Pushpakumara, a 48-year-old father of three from Talawa, Anuradhapura.

The police sergeant was reported missing since  April 17, 2012.

Speaking to the media, the sister of the deceased police officer noted that the officer went missing while he was on his way to work on  April 17, 2012, following the Sinhala Tamil New Year holiday. She also said that attempts to contact her brother via telephone failed.

Meanwhile, police noted that an investigation is underway to confirm the identity of the remains and also to ascertain the cause of death.

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