Ghanaian grandmother buried near where she died at Canada-U.S. border

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Mavis Otuteye was buried in a private ceremony on June 28, 2017, at the Union Liberty Cemetery, Hallock, Minn. (Facebook)

A Ghanaian woman who died trying to walk across the border into Canada has been quietly laid to rest just short of her destination.

Mavis Korkor Outeye had been trying to travel to Toronto to visit her daughter and newborn granddaughter in May.

Mavis’s daughter, Peace Otuteye, from Toronto, and her husband, Dick Otuteye, from Ghana, received visas to travel to the U.S. for her June 28 burial in Hallock, Minn.

They flew with their baby girl from Toronto to Winnipeg, then drove down for the private graveside service. They asked reporters not to attend.

Plans are still in the works for a traditional memorial service in the U.S. Family members from Ghana said they hope to attend, but they’re having problems getting travel visas.

Mavis’s body was found in a watery ditch just less than a kilometre from the Manitoba border on May 26.

U.S. border patrol and sheriff’s officers went out on ATVs and in a helicopter to search for her after receiving a call about a missing person.

The medical examiner’s office has not publicly released an official cause of death but preliminary results suggested hypothermia.

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