Indian teenager’s body to be flown to Goa Saturday

January 30th, 2009 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 30 (IANS) The body of Indian teenager Jonathan Marques is to be flown to his native village in Goa Saturday, his family said.The family of 15-year-old Jonathan, whose body was found in a canal in the English town of Reading Monday, are preparing to fly back to India Saturday to make arrangements for his funeral next week.

Close family friend Evan Correia said: “They know Jonathan wanted to go to Goa on holiday so they want to take him there to say goodbye.”

Jonathan went missing from his school Jan 6, sparking a massive hunt by police, family and friends and local newspapers.

In a statement, his grieving parents Menino and Arcanja, 10-year-old brother Joel and sisters Joyce, 16, and Jonella, 7, thanked the community in Reading for their support.

Evan Correia added: “The support from the whole community and the people of Reading has been fantastic.

“Everyone has come together to help and I would like to thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart.”

A post-mortem examination was unable to establish the cause of Jonathan’s death and further tests are being carried out.

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