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Letter of the Day | Abandoned wells accessories to crime

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM


I wish to bring to your attention a horrific discovery and make an urgent appeal to stakeholders at all levels with a view to having this situation remedied in the interest of all citizens.

Abandoned wells, which are, for the most part, in secluded areas, are being used as accessories to crime. I was forced to face this horrible reality on July 18, 2018, when the body of my son was found in one such well in York Town, Clarendon. Urgent action to have all abandoned wells drained and sealed off is a matter of national importance.

My 20-year-old son, who resided in Race Track, Denbigh, in the parish of Clarendon, went missing on July 3, 2018. All efforts to find him proved futile. On July 18, with the help of residents of the community, a search of abandoned wells in nearby neighbourhoods ensued.

On reaching the fourth well, the partially decomposed remains of my son were found. I was appalled to learn that there were still several more wells in the area. I can just imagine how many more there are in the parish and, more so, the entire island.

Needless to say, it was a mammoth task that took the valiant efforts of citizens who made selfless sacrifice to remove the remains. It was then that I came to the realisation that other evidence, such as his cell phone, could be in the well.

One cannot help but to think that there might be other bodies that have been dumped in that well and others. Who knows what else enters and contaminates one of the country's most valuable water sources (underground aquifers) through these wells?

I am of the opinion that draining all abandoned wells and sealing them off would be a step in the right direction. I also think that this should be a requirement for all the owners of properties where these wells are located. Additionally, I am also recommending strict monitoring and enforcement in this regard.