Canadian SFU economics professor disappears in Colombia

Dec 14 2018, 4:32 am

An investigation has been launched after the disappearance of a BC professor visiting Colombia.

Ramazan “Ramo” Gencay is an economics professor at Simon Fraser University.

He was in the country to attend several seminars at the EAFIT University in Medellin, and 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 — and hasn’t been heard from since.  His personal belongings were found in his hotel room, according to the article.

SFU says it is aware of reports that Gencay is missing and “hope he will be found soon.”

“We are very concerned,” the university said in an emailed statement to Daily Hive.

“Our hearts go out to his family, friends, colleagues, staff and students during this difficult time.”

The university says it has not been contacted by authorities and doesn’t have any further information.

Rana Gencay, the SFU prof’s daughter, posted on Facebook that her father is without his medication.

“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.

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada tells Daily Hive they’re aware of a missing Canadian citizen in Colombia and “our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

Consular services are being provided to the family in Canada, and Colombian consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information, the spokesperson said.

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