In distress: Cristine David, mother of suspected murder victim Reno David,
is consoled during the police search yesterday in Maracas Bay village.
—Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK
Body found in Maracas forest
Teen missing since Friday......Gonzales mom hoping it’s not her son
Gyasi Gonzales email@example.com
A GONZALES mother last night held on to the last bit of hope that the body found in six-foot grave in a forested area near a small Maracas Bay village yesterday morning was not her son’s.
The police, however, believe the body is that of 17-year-old Reno David, who has been missing since Friday afternoon.
Up to last night, they had two 16-year-old suspects in custody. It was a 15-year-old boy, however, who led them to where the body was found.
The police also said they were told David witnessed a stabbing in the Maracas Bay area recently and he spoke about it. The police believe he was killed in a bid to silence him.
David’s mother, Cristine David, and her sister visited the Express on Tuesday afternoon after they filed missing-person reports with the Maracas Bay Police Station, the Belmont Police Station and North Eastern Division Task Force office.
The story appeared in yesterday’s Express.
They said although the teenager lived with them at their home at Hermitage Road, Belmont, he frequented the Maracas Bay area where he has both friends and family.
They said at the time of his disappearance on Friday, he was working on a project in the area and he needed to stay there for a few weeks. Despite this, he always kept in contact with his mother.
His aunt, who did not want to be named, told the Express although they filed the reports at these stations, they were not doing anything.
What she did not know was that very quietly the police were doing their duty and interviewing suspects with regard to the disappearance of David.
Around 10.30 a.m. yesterday, a body was discovered in a grave.
The police said a team of North Eastern Division Task Force officers, led by Sgt Cornelius Samuel and including Cpl Richard Forbes and PCs Collin Furlonge and Clive Griffith, began interviewing suspects in the Maracas Bay area, which led them to Gonzales.
There they met and detained a 15-year-old boy on Tuesday.
The boy told them where the body was and yesterday morning he led them approximately 600 metres into a forest off Borough Road, Maracas Bay, where the body was found.
A ski-mask covered the boy’s face from curious on-lookers as he led the officers through the forest.
After almost an hour of digging, the police found the body. The victim’s hands and feet were tied.
They said without the help of the 15-year-old, “nobody could have found that”, and it was while in the forest another party of officers detained the two 16-year-old boys from the Maracas Bay area.
The two boys are currently detained at the Homicide Bureau Region Two Station in Arouca, while the 15-year-old is being kept at an undisclosed location.
David’s mother and sister were on the scene up to yesterday afternoon, but the mother was not alloowed to view the body, as it was in an advanced state of decomposition.
She told the Express last night she still does not believe it to be the body of her son.
She said she would only get closure when she views the body at the Forensic Science Centre today, where a post-mortem is expected to be performed.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.