Forensic experts are trying to identify a body discovered in a shallow grave in a cane field at Bayfield, St Philip, this afternoon.
Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police David Welch said the body, believed to be that of a man, was found around 1.30 p.m. today by a group of persons who were looking for a missing man.
“Forensic personnel are going through their paces to uncover the body and also to see if we can identify that person and how that person died,” Welch told reporters late this evening.
The police spokesman said the missing person was Michael Mapp, 43, of Blades Hill, St Philip.
“We received the report yesterday but can’t speculate at this time until the body has been identified . . . I believe the family missed him about Wednesday last week,” he explained.
He added: “It is a long process that we are going through so no identification can be had as yet.”
However the Welch said he could not respond to reports circulating in the public that the body had multiple gunshot wounds.
“The investigators were still in the process of trying to uncover the body so it was not possible to say at this time,” he stressed.
Meantime, he revealed that lawmen had discovered 893 cannabis plants, the tallest two feet high, and 961 seedlings while in the area.(FW)