KINGSTON — Homicide detectives last night turned to the parents of missing children for help in identifying the body of a girl which was found ablaze in bushes along the Port Royal Road in Kingston, yesterday.
The police believe the girl of fair complexion, who they estimate to be about 14 years old, was raped, killed and her nude body dumped and set alight in a bid to destroy evidence. The body was found wrapped in a tarpaulin with hands bound and a cord around the neck.
“We suspect that the child was killed and her body dumped at around 2 p.m.,” Deputy Superintendent Hornet Williams told the Jamaica Observer.
The body was discovered by firefighters who responded to a call about a bush fire in the area.
Yesterday, as detectives combed the area for clues, the East Kingston police began sending out calls to parents of missing girls for them to visit the scene.
“At this time we are trying to make contact with a number of parents who have reported their children missing as we try to ascertain the identity of the child,” DSP Williams explained.
One woman, who had reported her daughter missing, arrived on the scene to view the body. However, after a few agonising minutes of inspection, declared that the body was not that of her daughter. (Observer)