Residents of the quiet neighbourhood of Long Beach, Christ Church were thrown into a state of shock today after the charred remains of a woman was discovered in an area that many frequent for leisurely strolls.
It was around 11 a.m. that the Barbados Fire Service responded to a call about a bush fire, and it was while putting out the blaze that the body was discovered next to a white vehicle of unknown make and model, which was also destroyed by the blaze.
Police have not revealed the identity of the woman, but are treating the incident as suspicious.
Earl Maynard, who resides a stone’s throw away from the discovery, told Barbados TODAY he was stunned by the development as neither he nor his wife had seen anything that aroused suspicion.
“We walk that area every morning. I walked it yesterday and saw nothing unusual, my wife also walked it today and she saw nothing unusual. Around 11 my wife told me that there was a fire and that we should call the fire brigade. So the fire service came up and started putting out the fire and discovered the body. We are shocked because we did not see any cars up there this morning,” Maynard said.
27The former bodybuilder said the area was known for its tranquility and he did not recall any thing like this occurring in the community in the past.
“This is a quiet area up here, people come here and enjoy the area, they love the beach and they love the view and it is a wonderful place to be. So for this to happen is very sad,” he said.
“What is Barbados coming to? It is a shame with all of this violence and murders. These people need Jesus,” Maynard concluded.
Another resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said he had not seen anything out of the ordinary when he went for a sea bath early this morning.
“I can’t remember anything out of the way at all. I went to the beach this morning and I walk the same way to come back and I did not notice anything at all. So seeing all of this commotion has me shocked,” he said. (CM)