|Decomposed body found off Marsh Harbour, Abaco|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Jul 17, 2012
The decomposed body of a man was found wrapped in a sheet in waters off Marsh Harbour, Abaco on Sunday evening, police reported yesterday.
A boater made the gruesome discovery around 6 p.m., police said.
Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said the discovery has been classified as a sudden death.
“It’s still too early to say what we have, but all of our efforts are directed in that regard to find out what happened,” Greenslade said during a press conference at Police Headquarters yesterday.
“Sometimes there are cases like this, where we find the body and we look at it and we’re not sure it’s a homicide or something else. So it’s a sudden death until we know otherwise,” Greenslade said.
Officer in charge of the Abaco district Superintendent Noel Curry said the body has been transported to the morgue at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
“We are working assiduously to first identify the body and determine what we are dealing with,” Curry said.
He added it is unknown how long the body was in the water.
Curry said that the area where the body was found is secluded.
“People normally go in the area to swim and hunt. The body could have been there for quite some time and no one would have noticed,” he added.
Curry said police are looking into several possibilities. He noted that the police recently received a report of a missing person.
“We are looking to determine whether this is that missing person or another person.”
He said the police have had difficulty locating a photo of the missing person, and once that person’s family locates a photo, a posting will be issued.
The possibility will also be looked into that the body could be tied to the fatal human smuggling incident last month.
Eleven women and children died in Abaco as a result of the Cosy Time boating tragedy in the beginning of June. The victims were among a group of 28 people onboard the 25-foot vessel, which went down in waters off Crown Haven. Ten passengers are still unaccounted for. Seven passengers survived. The victims were reportedly all of Haitian descent.