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Police no closer to cracking Shantae Skyers case

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:12 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

With fears that the probe into the April murder of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers could go cold, investigators are again appealing to members of the public to share what they know.

Head of the police’s Corporate Communications Unit, Deputy Superintendent Dahlia Garrick, told The Gleaner yesterday that detectives assigned to the case are awaiting “some additional forensic reports” as they seek to piece together what happened in bushes in Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew, five months ago.

Skyers vanished on her way home from school on April 11 as she walked along a lonely track. Her body was found six days later among rubble in bushes in a section of the community called Blue Hole.

Garrick is urging the public to share any information they may have as even the smallest detail could prove very useful to the overall investigation.

“We want to hear from them. This is a very tedious piece of work, collecting the information in such a crime, but we remain vigilant,” she said.

Two men the police initially held for questioning were subsequently released. Another man who members of the community believed was involved in the murder was beaten, killed, then set alight.

With little news on the state of the investigation, Skyers’ relatives are growing increasingly frustrated and impatient for justice.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com