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Police confused over case handling after body found at Clarendon and St Catherine border

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 12:41 AM

A Clarendon family which found the body of a loved one who had gone missing was last night left disgruntled after police from Clarendon and St Catherine had difficulty deciding which division should remove the body and handle the case.

The deceased is 16-year-old Camaley Moxam from Freetown, Clarendon.

The community is also near to Old Harbour, St Catherine.

One of Moxam's cousins, Terrence Blackwood, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the family reported Moxam missing at the Old Harbour police station.

They were later alerted to a body at a quarry in Freetown, Clarendon around 3 p.m. yesterday.

However, he says police from Clarendon and St Catherine who arrived on the scene took over four hours to remove the body as they could not decide which division should investigate the death.

Blackwood says the family recognised the clothes at the crime scene as that worn by Moxam when he left home.

Moxam reportedly left home Saturday night and told his family that he was going to visit his grandfather who resides in the same community.

His relatives became worried and reported him missing when he did not return home up to Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, head of the Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell, says it was not immediately clear which division should handle the death of the teenager because the body was discovered on the border of St Catherine and Clarendon.

Superintendent Cameron Powell says it is not unusual for divisions to hold consultations before removing bodies from a crime scene.

 

Head of Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell

Cameron Powell says what was important was that the police took control of the crime scene and cordoned the area before any tampering could take place.

 

Head of Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell