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Anneicia “Smally” Lewis.
RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

It has been confirmed that the body spotted floating in the Gulf of Paria near the yacht club in Carenage is that of missing hiker, Anisa “Smally” Lewis.

Guardian Media understands the body was positively identified by one of Lewis’ close relatives this morning.

Lewis was swept away by water on Friday afternoon while trying to exit a spring in the hills of Bagatelle in Diego Martin.

Speaking with the Guardian Media this morning, captain of the hunters’ group ‘Hard Grounds Get Soft’, Vallance Rambharat, said he, Ren Gopeesingh, along with others in the Hunters Search and Rescue Team, joined in the search party early this morning.

Rambharat said at about 7 am the group went to the West End Police Station where they met with a team of police officers led by ag. Inspector Ronnie Rampallard, and including the TTPS’ Air Support Unit, and proceeded to the Diego Martin area.

Rambharat said while searching the area there they received news of the body found by the Coast Guard.

“We got a call while up there that someone may have spotted what is believed to be the woman’s body, so we immediately left the area and went to the Chaguaramas area,” he said.

“It was confirmed a short while ago that the body was that of Lewis. Our condolences go out to the family,” Rambharat added.