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A former policeman who was found dead at his home on Wednesday has been remembered as a “devoted” officer who played a key role in the development of the force’s traffic department.

Raymond DeBellotte’s body was discovered at his Lightfoot home shortly after 2pm.

He retired from the Antigua and Barbuda police force more than a decade ago but his contribution and many years of service were fondly recalled by erstwhile colleagues.

Police spokesman Inspector Frankie Thomas told Observer he had previously worked alongside Corporal DeBellotte who he said spent most of his years as a traffic officer.

“He was a very devoted officer, who contributed a lot to the building of the traffic department,” Thomas said.

DeBellotte is said to have joined the force in the mid 1980s. He later took up security work and is thought to have been in his early 50s when he died.

His body was in the early stages of decomposition when discovered. The cause of his death remains unknown. Inspector Thomas added that investigations are ongoing.

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