People believed that they both committed suicide. And the fates of Kendrick and Durmaz intersected.
Kendrick, 30, used to spend long periods away from home. Last year Kendrick came to Istanbul and settled in a hotel in Üsküdar on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Then he crossed to the European side. While he was walking along the Golden Horn, he left his backpack and jumped into the water.
Murat Durmaz, 25, was also on the Bosphorus that same day. His car was found abandoned near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. There was no letter in his car and no indication as to the cause of his death. His brother Ýbrahim Durmaz said, "There was no reason for him to take his own life." He depicted his brother as a modest, harmless young man.
Kendrick was a gentle, well-educated person, as described by his neighbor Pat Clarke in an interview with a British local newspaper. She said, "He was never any trouble, a very quiet man who kept to himself."
A body was found near the Golden Horn shortly after the disappearances of Durmaz and Kendrick. The police took pictures of the corpse and labeling it as "missing," sent the corpse to the department of forensics in Istanbul. The Durmaz family was quicker than Kendrick's to claim the body.
"We along with about 10 relatives, looked at the pictures and the body and thought that he was our brother. We took the body and buried it in Tokat, our home town," Ýbrahim Durmaz said. After seeing the photos, Kendrick's family made the same claim, but they were too late because the body had already been buried in Tokat. Since then, there has been a dispute over the corpse between the two families.
The forensics chief in Ýstanbul, Keramettin Kurt, says DNA tests are not conducted in all cases. If the first-degree relatives of the missing person identify the body without hesitation, this is considered necessary.
Recalling the identification, Ýbrahim Durmaz says that the process was agonizing but that officials were acting in a careless manner as well: "They acted like 'This is your brother, take his body.'"
Since both families were insistent that the body is that of their loved one, the Beyoðlu Public Prosecutor's office decided to conduct DNA tests. While waiting for the results of tests, Ýbrahim Durmaz told Today's Zaman, "When we saw the picture of the missing British person, we were really surprised. He very much resembled our brother. We did everything for a proper burial. The British family should be relieved: If the body was that of their son, their child was buried respectfully."
Last week, the DNA results clarified that the body actually was that of Mr. Kendrick.
At the graveyard of the Tokat Acýsu village on Monday, the intersecting destinies of the Durmaz and Kendrick separated. The grave was opened under the supervision of the gendarmerie, along with the Durmaz and Kendrick families. Kendrick's body, which had been treated as Durmaz's body until recently, was placed in the care of Kendrick's sisters. The body would be taken first to Antalya and then home. Neither Kendrick's family nor British officials want to comment on the subject. But the Durmaz family says they share the grief of the Kendrick family. The fog surrounding the disappearances of Kendrick and Durmaz still remain, but at least the destiny of Kendrick is now known. As for Durmaz, his family hopes he might still be found alive.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16