“Accidental death” is the main thesis considered by Chilean Police in connection with the death of Bhupinder Mandair, a Canadian national who went missing on Jan. 1, during the New Year celebrations in Valparaiso, and whose body was found on Friday.
Bhupinder Mandair had been working for the past four months in the area of project consultancy at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Santiago de Chile. On December 31, he was invited by a friend to travel to the port city of Valparaíso to a New Year' eve celebration.
After dinner with friends, Mandair went to a party at a house on Templeman Street in Valparaiso. His friends saw him for the last time around 02:40 hours, reports Cooperativa.cl (in Spanish). A search for Mandair was launched by police and Navy personal in Valparaíso. His body was found on Friday at the bottom of a 5-metre-deep pit, a firewall separating the house from the property next door.
The work to rescue the body from the pit required the use of ropes and a harness and extended for about five hours. The body was transferred to the Forensic Medical Service for a detailed autopsy, according to
LaTercera (in Spanish).
In principle, the cause of death has been deemed accidental, since the deceased had all his belongings including a camera, his cell phone, and wallet with documents and money. Mandair did not show injuries other the those clearly attributable to a fall within the pit. Preliminarily estimate of the time of death is 60 hours.
The Consulate of Canada in Chile has informed Mr. Mandair’s family about what happened. The body will be repatriated within the next few days.