Woman's body found

INDECOM probing canefield discovery of victim said to be last seen with a policeman

BY HORACE HINES
Staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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LITTLE LONDON, Westmoreland — Angry residents of this Western Westmoreland town yesterday disrupted normal activities on the road leading to the popular tourist town of Negril to protest the death of a female employee of the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station, whose body was found in a canefield.

The woman's relatives and other community members, who mounted the roadblock, alleged that 21-year-old ShantelWright was last seen alive in the company of a senior police officer, who is stationed in Westmoreland, and called for the senior officer to answer certain questions.

“He has to be interrogated,” one female protester demanded.

Later the protesters heard that the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) had stepped in to probe the death of Wright, who went missing last Wednesday night before her body was found a short distance from her home late Friday evening.

“A report was made of a missing young lady in the form of Shantel Wright. Shantel Wright's body was discovered yesterday (Friday ) in a canefield in Little London, Westmoreland. INDECOM received information after the discovery that a police officer had information that could assist with an investigation,” Errol Chattoo, director of complaints, INDECOM, Western Region, told the Jamaica Observer.

According to family members, Wright, who is employed as a member of the administrative staff at the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station, was at a party hosted by her mother at a small shop in the community Wednesday night.

About 11:30 pm she decided to leave the party and was said to be driven home by the lawman, a short distance from where the entertainment event was hosted.

“Her mother had a party Wednesday night. He (cop) took her home and he was the last person seen with her. They called at work and was told she is not at work. So we put out an alarm and launched a search with the assistance of the Little London Police,” claimed distraught cousin of the deceased Dorette Williams.

Wright's aunt, Sonia Williams, concurred.

“Around 11:30 pm she said she wanted to get a rest to go to work early in the morning. From the policeman took her home, no more. She has not been seen or heard from. He's the last person she was seen with.”

Chattoo is appealing to persons with information that can assist INDECOM to provide it.

“We are also appealing to anybody who has information in relation to her disappearance to come forward and share the information with us,” Chattoo implored.

He said that INDECOM had already contacted the Police High Command.

“We have been in contact and dialogue with the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in relation to the matter,” Chattoo stated.

Investigators told the Sunday Observer that they are hoping that the autopsy will determine the cause of Wright's death.

Yesterday's protest by the irate residents was a follow-up to a similar one Friday evening after Wright's body was stumbled upon in the canefield by a woman.

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