The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) today denied reports surrounding its investigation into the island’s most recent murder.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY via telephone earlier, police public relations officer acting Assistant Superintendent of Police David Welch said the force was “very concerned as to the misinformation being publicized in the print media, electronic media and in online blogs” about the probe into the September 3 killing of Melanise Eversley in Jordans,
Firemen who were responding to a bush fire at the time discovered the partially clothed body of the 60-year-old St George woman who police estimated was killed between 7.15 a.m and 8.00 a.m last Thursday.
The police also placed a public appeal for motorists and pedestrians who were in the area of Jordans and Walkers Roads and might have information to contact the RBPF or the local chapter of Crime Stoppers International.
However, Welch discredited reports which subsequently surfaced about circumstances leading up the discovery and alleged information passed on to the police.
“The force emphatically denies that a struggle was pointed out by a Transport Board driver to a policeman on board the bus; that the Commissioner of Police had summoned any constable to his office for failure to intervene into a fight between a man and a woman on September 3rd, 2015 at Jordans, St George; that any Transport Board driver was involved in pointing out any police officer in a line up exercise; and that the Commissioner of Police had ordered personnel attached to the District B Police Station to write statements with regards to the discovery of Eversley’s body,” ASP Welch said.
He defended the work of the force saying that it was “regrettable” that such “misguided information” was
“As a professional police force we remain committed to our tasks. Such misinformation has the potential to discredit the force and tarnish the reputation of members. The Commissioner and members of the force stand in support of those officers and members of the public who are victims of crime,” he said.
Welch also made a second public appeal for help in solving Eversley’s murder and any other unsolved crimes. Anyone who may have information is asked to call 429-8787 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477). (FW)