Police and family members have identified the decomposing body of a male found at Trents, St James as that of a well-known vagrant, who has been living on the streets for years.
It was around 9 o’clock this morning that the gruesome discovery was made of the body of 60-year-old Trevor Clavier Marshall, alias Jungle, whose last known address was 1st Avenue, Jackson, St Michael.
Lawmen say Marshall’s lifeless body was found on the ground under a canopy of trees. The discovery was made in a track, about 50 metres from the main roadway opposite the Frederick Smith Secondary School, by a man who was rummaging the area for bottles.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Jackson, St Michael home of Marshall’s sister Joan Greenidge this afternoon, she was too devastated to speak. However, his nephew Dwayne Cave said he was at work when he got the tragic news “that Jungle had passed away”.
He also revealed that his uncle was briefly hospitalized last week, but later discharged himself and had not been seen since.
Cave also said that while he was close to his uncle when he was a child, the two had drifted apart after Marshall decided to live on the streets.
“Everyone has their habits and I guess he had a habit too and I guess that could be one of the reasons [that he went on the street],” Cave, said suggesting that his uncle was battling drug addiction.
“At the end of the day, the family still looked out for him when he would come by, but there is so much you can tell a person and you cannot make them do something that they would not like to do,” he said, adding that Marshall death had hit the family hard.
Junior Lampkin, who is Greenidge’s boyfriend, also explained that Marshall, who lost his mother a year ago, frequented their Jackson, St Michael residence from time to time.
“He would come and go. . . . He is always on the west coast, St Peter areas and in Garden Land. . . . That is where he hangs out. That is where he actually lives, down that side.”
However, he said the circumstances surrounding Marshall’s death remained a mystery.
“No one really knows what happened, but a woman called and said he passed out somewhere, where no one knows [and] then a man claimed that all he did was to drop him to the highway and tell him to go by his close relatives, so if anything happens someone would be there to take care of him and look after his interests. But he never, ever came,” Lampkin said.
Police investigations are continuing with an autopsy due to be performed to determine the cause of the vagrant’s death.