Missing SFU economics professor confirmed dead in Colombia

Dec 28 2018, 7:56 am

Family of the SFU professor that went missing earlier this month have confirmed that he has died an “untimely death.”

Ramazan “Ramo” Gencay was an economics professor at Simon Fraser University and had been in Colombia to attend several seminars at the EAFIT University in Medellin. He was scheduled to speak there on November 28th.

A report from the Colombiano newspaper says that the professor was last seen on December 6 when he went to a salsa bar. His personal belongings were found in his hotel room, according to the article.

Rana Gencay, the SFU prof’s daughter, had posted on Facebook that her father was without his medication when he went missing on December 6.

“Ramo is a sensitive man who loves quietude, salsa & bachatta dancing, forest hikes of North Vancouver, South American culture & has a passion for learning about cultures of the world through his visits to well over 100 countries thus far,” she wrote.

Ramazan’s wife, Carole Gencay, posted to Facebook on December 26 confirming that he had passed away in Colombia.

“Ramo Gencay passed away this month,” the post read. “You may already know that he suffered an untimely death in Medellin, Colombia. I will be in touch with Celebration of Life details.”

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