Friday 4 December, 2020

Forensic results confirm identity of decomposed Garrand body

Meshach Dyson Emilien

Meshach Dyson Emilien

Saint Lucia police have confirmed the identity of the remains of a body that was found on September 27 at Garrand, Babonneau.

Forensic results have confirmed that the body was that of 36-year-old Meshach Dyson Emilien, confirming the speculation of his family who reported him missing previously.

The decomposed body was discovered during a police operation on a marijuana plantation.

Due to the level of decomposition, identifying the body proved difficult for law enforcement officials.

“These analyses were done through our Laboratory at Tapion,” Superintendent of Police, George Nicholas said.

DNA testing was later done at the Human Identity Laboratory Centre of Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

Nicholas said that forensic evidence provided a headway into a 2019 homicide as well.

“On November 16, 2019, police responded to a homicide in Grande Ravine, Dennery, where St Omer Abbott was found dead at his residence.

Samples were taken from that scene and sent for forensic examination and we have been in receipt of those results,” Nicholas said.

“What we can say with a degree of scientific certainty, is that St Omer Abbott, the deceased, and Markin Marquis had an encounter at the residence of deceased on the day of his death,” he added.

Nicholas disclosed the DNA testing was done at the PTC Laboratories in Colombia, Missouri.

Markin Marquis alias ‘Road Block’, was one of six escaped inmates from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) in March 2020.

He was shot dead by police officers in Dennery during a recapture operation.

Marquis was arrested on Monday, December 2, 2019, in connection with the death of 27-year-old Lyndon George, a resident of Bruceville, Vieux Fort.

George, who was a DJ by profession, was in the DJ booth at a dancehall in Bruceville at about 2 am when an unknown male came up to the booth and shot him once in the head.

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