Thursday 3 December, 2020

Police need samples of missing young men to identify decomposing body

Police are yet to ascertain the identity of the remains of a male body found in Garrand, Babonneau on Thursday, 19 December 19, 2019. 

Law enforcement officials are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the male remains, said to between the age of 20 and 30 years old.

“We are asking persons who may have members of their families missing to come forward with that information so that we can take the necessary samples so that we can ascertain the identity of that body,” Superintendent of Police with responsibility for territorial policing George Nicholas told a press conference Christmas eve.

Superintendent of Police with responsibility for territorial policing, George Nicholas 

The gruesome discovery sparked inquiry about the condition the body was found in, with rumors circulating that animals had made away with portions of the remains. 

Nicholas refused to get into the identity of the two samples already received for testing by family members with missing male relatives.

A time frame as to when the two samples would be analyzed was difficult to pinpoint by the senior police officer.

He stated the goal is to send a collection of samples to forensics to expedite the process of identifying the remains.

“It is difficult to say how long it’s going to take; we’d prefer to allow some time for other persons to come forward with information so that we can send one bundle of samples to the lab.”

He noted that if samples are being sent overseas for testing, the local lab will be playing a significant role as it would have done the initial analysis of the samples.

Nicholas says if further testing is necessary, samples will be sent abroad to forensic labs.

However, as it stands, the island's local forensic lab has the capacity to handle the samples received.

Speculation surrounding the identity of the body swirls around missing man Micheal Blaze from the community of Vieux Fort.

However, Nicholas says until forensics provides definitive results as to the identity that conclusion cannot be drawn.

“We are in the process of collecting samples and when those samples are tested then we will be able to make a definitive statement as to who that body was,” Nicholas declared

The eerie disappearance of Micheal Blaze, a 19-year-old Vieux Fort resident taken into police custody at Choiseul and disappeared without a trace after being released, garnered widespread speculation from members of the public.

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