Police appear close to formally identifying a badly decomposed body found yesterday near Hinds Hill, St Michael as that of Suttle Street pensioner Timothy Daniel.
The body appears to be that of a male, clad in a T-shirt and boxers. A national registration card found in the boxers bears the name Timothy Leroy Daniel, aged 70, police said in a statement today.
Daniel was reported missing since September 25.
When Barbados TODAY visited The City community, some residents said they were hoping it was not Daniel, fondly known as Bumpy.
Friend Walter Thomas said that Daniel was a retired worker of the Ministry of Transport and Works attached to the Eagle Hall depot, who was fond of “rum, beer, and Guinness”.
Thomas recounted he saw his friend acting strangely in September, shortly before his disappearance.
“A morning I saw him [with] shirt on his feet, short pants and a bag on his back acting strange through the alley there. In the night time when I came out by him, he had two white plastic bags to go to St George. The wife tell me that Bumpy put on a green shirt and run through the gate and gone. I ain’t saw him since then,” he said.
“She went to the police station and made a statement that she husband is missing and she do not know where he is. Next thing they said that he was in Holetown as he used to like to follow the cricket,” Thomas told Barbados TODAY.
Another friend, Anthony Collins, described Daniel as an ardent cricket fan.
“I just know that he was a jovial guy, a fun-loving guy. He was an ardent cricket fan of the West Indies and YMPC. He was a lover of Collis King especially and he was the kind of man that would follow YMPC anywhere all over Barbados,” Collins recalled.
Collins said that it would be devastating if police confirm that his friend has met such a tragic end.
“It is sad to hear what happened but this is what happens in life and life must continue but it is sad he was a good guy,” Collins said, adding that now Bumpy had retired, his routine was drinking rum and making people laugh.
“Normally he would be out here at the shop on a morning early; he would come and drink some rum with the guys. That was just his routine: just being out here and talking and making fun.”
“I will miss that spirit, that kind of jovial kind of guy . . . .
He [would] cuss and get on bad sometimes but he meant nothing by it,” Collins said.
Other residents who spoke to Barbados TODAY echoed the description given by the two friends of an elderly man who enjoy talking about cricket and drinking rum.
A road crew from C.O. Williams Construction stumbled upon the body believed to be that of the missing man atop a well while debushing an area off the Cummins section of the ABC Highway near the Hinds Hill junction.