|Burnt body found |
By Cecily Asson Monday, March 24 2014
ALMOST 72 hours after he was kidnapped and a ransom of $2 million demanded for his safe return, police now believe the charred remains of a human found in a remote area some 1,500 feet off Matiste Road, Hindustan, New Grant, Princes Town may be that of kidnap victim Devindar Siewdass.
Six persons, including three women, have been held for questioning.
The body was burnt beyond recognition and police said they will depend on dental records and evidence found at the crime scene to help identify the remains. The usually quiet Matiste Road was a beehive of activity for the entire day as police vehicles regularly moved in and out of the area. Residents said their early Sunday morning silence was shattered with the noise from a low flying national security helicopter and it was only then they realised that something had gone wrong in the neighbourhood.
Police, who Newsday was told used state-of-the-art technology in their investigations, arrived in the area yesterday at about 5 am and during a search at the house of a suspect where they found a quantity of marijuana they were attracted to burning debris some distance away. Checks were made and it was discovered that tyres were burning, however upon checking further, a body with the face already burnt was below the burning tyres.
Police are unsure whether the victim was killed in the area or his body was taken there to be disposed of.
Six persons including three women, all said to be in their 20s, have since been detained in connection with the gruesome discovery.
Siewdass, 29, of LP 7 Siewdass Road, Freeport, who has been missing since last Thursday after he left his home at 6 pm, is a courier with DHL Services at Piarco International Airport, Piarco.
Sources said Siewdass’ distraught relatives were contacted by investigators and told of the discovery of the body in Princes Town. They were asked to visit the Forensic Science Centre, St James today to view the charred remains and also items found at a house in the area.
A team of officers from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) led by Snr Supt Wayne Boyd, Southern Homicide Bureau, Tableland Police Station and Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) spent several hours processing the crime scene. The burnt body was removed at 3.20 pm yesterday and up to 6 pm officers were still in the district searching for evidence.
When Newsday spoke with residents, they expressed shock at the discovery of the body.
One woman said, “Inside here real nice and quiet. Sometimes the Tableland police pass through here and that is all. We don’t have this kind of thing here. It is the helicopter that wake us up this morning. We didn’t know something was going on.”
Newsday was further told that about three months ago an elderly man who owned a large acreage of land had died and young relatives moved into the house he had occupied.
“We even more shocked because they are okay boys and they had girlfriends,” she said of the detention of six persons. “We don’t know if they were in anything but we used to see some strange kind of characters visiting them. We use to tell the girls in the street to stay away from them. Look what happen now.”
According to a police report Siewdass, left his Freeport home for an unknown destination driving his black Libero station wagon last Thursday. He never informed his father businessman Annarood Siewdass, the owner of Rudys Variety Store located at Grand Bazaar, Chaguanas of where he was going. Further reports stated when his father telephoned him three hours later, an unfamiliar voice answered Siewdass’ cellphone saying if he wanted to see him alive he would have to pay a ransom of $2 million.
At about 1 pm last Friday, Siewdass’ vehicle was found abandoned in Forres Park, Claxton Bay.
During the time Siewdass spent in captivity, his kidnappers were in constant communication with his father, the report said. Investigations are continuing.