Dr. Kelsick found dead

by: - June 22, 2018
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Dr. Merlin Kelsick (Photo credit: In The Spotlight Radio Program)

Medical doctor, Merlin Kelsick, 72, who was reported missing on Friday 22 June 2018, has been found.

His lifeless body was fished out of the sea by officers of the Marine Unit of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force on Friday.

According to a report issued to the media by the Police Public Relations Officer, Simon Edwards, Dr. Kelsick went on a fishing expedition at the Roseau Ferry Terminal about 10PM on Thursday and was granted access by Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority security officers.

“Periodic checks made by the port guards on the wharf revealed that Dr Kelsick was last seen by them fishing about 2AM on Friday 22 June 2018,” he reported.

“A subsequent patrol control conducted shortly thereafter by the guards raised an alarm as Dr. Kelsick was not seen,” the report adds.

The security officers noticed that his fishing equipment was still at the location where he was conducting his fishing on the wharf and so they conducted a search but Dr. Kelsick was not located.

The police were informed and searches were conducted by land and sea.

“A dive was conducted by members of the Marine Unit which resulted in the discovery of a lifeless body of a human submerged in about twenty feet of water alongside the wharf of the Ferry Terminal,” Mr. Edwards reported.

“The body was recovered by the Marine Unit officers, placed on the Ferry Terminal wharf and identified by a member of the family as that of Dr. Merlin Kelsick,” he added.

His body was transported to the Accident and Emergency Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital and officially pronounced dead by a medical doctor and brought to the Lyndhurst Funeral Home.

Dr. Kelsick, who operated a private office at Canefield, was from Wesley but resided at Canefield.

The Dominica Meteorological Service had issued a flood watch for Dominica on Thursday evening due to a westward moving tropical wave which was generating cloudiness and shower activity.