The body of a missing Brooklyn NYPD cop was found Wednesday morning in Guyana, three days after he went missing while swimming in a waterfall while on vacation.
Gladstone Haynes, 43, a 17-year department veteran serving the 70th Precinct, was found dead in Orinduik Falls around 6:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, Demerara Waves news outlet reported.
He was reported missing on Sunday afternoon after failing to return from a trip to the waterfall.
“Investigations revealed that Gladstone was swimming below Orinduik Falls in water, which was high and flowing heavily at the time. He would have gone below the surface of the water and disappeared,” local police said, according to the Demerara Waves.
Haynes had traveled to the popular tourist spot on the Guyana-Brail border with the mother of his children, identified as Alicia Vassell, who was celebrating her 34th birthday that day.
The couple had first visited Kaieteur Falls before continuing to Orinduik Falls as part of a tour group.
An eyewitness told Demerara Waves that Haynes had trouble swimming and grabbed another man’s hand.
“I don’t know if the guy couldn’t have grabbed it, and at that moment he went underwater and he didn’t come up after that moment,” the witness said.
Local authorities spent the next three days scouring the area for the missing policeman before his body was discovered at the waterfall on Wednesday.
Prior to the grim discovery, the NYPD confirmed to the Post on Tuesday that the department was assisting Guyanese authorities in the search for Haynes.
According to publicly available documents, Haynes has been with the force since 2005 — and at the 70th Precinct since 2017 — and earned $105,000 last year.