23 February 2012

Uganda: Details of American TV Producer's Autopsy Emerge

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Amazing Race producer, Jeff Rice.

Details of the autopsy on Jeff Rice's body that was found in a hotel room in Kampala have emerged, revealing that "major metabolites of cocaine were qualitatively detected," according to a police report.

Officials at Government's Analytical Laboratory in Wandegeya also found that the whitish powder in a plastic bag found at the scene contained Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Acetylcodein, Diacetylmorphine and Papaverine, opiates classified as narcotics.

Below is the full Police report:

The UPF wishes to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of Rice Jeffrey David at Serena Hotel vide CPS Kampala which occurred on February 18, 2012 at 1100 hours at room 427 balcony. The deceased was in the company of Ms. Fuller Kathryn who is admitted to Surgery Clinic Kololo in critical condition.

Mr. Rice Jeffrey David was found dead at the Hotel balcony seated in his chair head bending over the table while bleeding through both mouth and the nose. Ms Fuller Kathryn was found in an unconscious state lying on the floor beside the left hand side of the deceased. Both had booked room 427 but had first stayed at the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel room 107.

Rice Jeffrey David had duo citizenship of America and South Africa and held passports No. 118669998 and AO1585217 respectively. Fuller Kathryne was a South African national holder of I.D No. 8209250058008 of the Republic of South Africa.

They had jetted into the country on February 15, 2012 as an advance party to a larger team that were to film a documentary in Uganda in collaboration with Hope Medical Clinics Uganda, affiliated to Starley Hearing Foundation based in Minnesota- USA which offers free hearing aids to hearing impaired victims.

A team of investigators from police visited the scene, recorded it, recovered exhibits and recorded statements from witnesses. Questioned samples from the scene were submitted to the Government Analytical Laboratory for scientific tests.

Toxicological results of the post mortem exhibits submitted to Government Analytical Laboratory Wandegeya reveals that major metabolites of cocaine were qualitatively detected. The whitish powder in a plastic bag found at the scene contained Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Acetylcodein, Diacetylmorphine and Papaverine which are opiates classified as drug of abuse. Police is yet to interview the survivor Fuller Kathryn, but shall do so upon her recovery.

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