Miner, security guard murdered at Blackwater Backdam 

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A General Manager and Security Officer at Blackwater Backdam, Cuyuni River were found dead on Thursday morning with marks of violence about their bodies and items missing from their camp. The camp is located not far from Eteringbang near the Venezuelan border.

Police reports stated that on Thursday, at about 08:00 hours, owner of the mining camp, 38-year-old Kevin Faerber, received information from workers that they had returned to camp and found the dead bodies. Faerber is a miner of Lot 10 Thomas Street, Kitty with the gold mining operation in Blackwater Backdam.

The workers reported to Faerber that, at about 06:00 hours, upon arrival at the work ground they met General Manager, Richard Bachan and Security Officer Niles dead in their hammocks in the watch camp.

According to the police, it appears that Niles had been bludgeoned to the head and Bachan possibly stabbed or shot. The AR 15 that Niles was armed with is reportedly missing. The mats from the sluice box are also said to be missing.


At the time of the incident, only two persons were expected to be at the watch camp. A party of policemen are enroute to conduct investigations.

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