Body identified in Hong Kong

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Sister of Joseph Basha says brother found dead

Joey Basha is shown above. Cindy Basha, the sister of a Newfoundlander missing in Hong Kong, said a body found last Wednesday is that of her brother Joseph Basha. — Photo courtesy of Facebook

Though Hong Kong police have not confirmed whether a body discovered last Wednesday is that of 25-year-old Joseph Basha of St. John’s, his sister Cindy Basha has left little doubt as to his ultimate fate.

“I regret to say that my brother, my beautiful, talented, sweet brother was found dead,” she wrote in a post made to Facebook early Tuesday morning.

That same morning, The Canadian Press reported that Hong Kong police were investigating whether a body discovered last week was that of Basha, who had disappeared Dec. 21.

In her post on Facebook, Cindy Basha thanked those who had passed along well wishes over the course of her family’s ordeal.

“My brother was so loved and had such a significant impact on all of those who knew him. This was a such a tremendous loss for us all,” she wrote.

In an interview with The Telegram on Monday, Joseph’s mother Phyllis Basha said she was told by his roommate Dino Lee that he had left their home at 3 a.m. to buy some food.

A police spokesman told The Canadian Press the body of a foreigner aged 25 to 30 had been found later that day. The spokesman said the body was found “collapsed in a public toilet.”

The body had no identifying documents and a preliminary investigation suggested the death was not suspicious, according to the spokesman.

Joseph’s older sister Jackie was already in the country distributing his photo at local hospitals, according to the mother.

The police spokesman said the family had been asked to identify the body.

Joseph moved to Hong Kong in 2008 to teach English as a second language. He most recently attended school at the University of Hong Kong, where he was taking graduate courses in international and public affairs.

He was also a musician. His most recent group, Milkteeth, had been performing shows in the city for over a year.

Twitter: TeleAndrew

Organizations: Canadian Press, University of Hong Kong

Geographic location: Hong Kong

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Recent comments

  • McCarthy
    December 28, 2011 - 20:12

    Good luck in getting the red chinese athesit communists in doing anything for someone other than their own crowd of the upper party ranks. Hope justice is found, but may have too leave that completely up to God and not tyrannical Chairman Mao's hentchmen successors with no little respect for human life or human rights.

  • Judy Benson
    December 28, 2011 - 16:51

    A body is found in a public toilet, with no passport, no driver's license, no I.D. of any kind. Clearly the Hong Kong police have a different definition of, "Suspicious death," than the rest of the world.

  • Maggie Delaney
    December 28, 2011 - 14:33

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy and her family, during this difficult time, and with him away in another country, I pray for your days ahead to be filled with peace...