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Anguish in Sterling Castle after eight-year-old girl found murdered

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 5:47 PM
The grandmother of Shantae Skyers in tears after the body of the eight-year-old Shante Skers was found - Lionel Rookwood photo.

Danae Hyman, Online Reporter 

It was plain anguish in the St Andrew community of Sterling Castle Heights today after the body of eight-year-old Shante Skyers was found in bushes.

"Unnu kill me baby!" wailed a woman who was identified as the child's grandmother.

According to the police, Skyers was found approximately 12:30 p.m in an area called Blue Hole.

The grade-three student disappeared last Thursday after she was seen walking from school through a popular but lonely pathway that leads to her home.

Some residents who converged on the crime scene today are convinced that the perpetrator resides in the area and are demanding that the culprit confesses.

An emotional Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, the Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Rural also turned up at the crime scene.

"I just want the person who did this to be caught and to be punished and I think the person lives right here in this community and it is really a sad day for us here," said Cuthbert-Flynn.                

In the meantime, residents are dissatisfied with the efforts of the police after the missing person report was filed last Thursday.

They say initially, the police did not give enough attention to the matter.

"A now unnu a come dung yah, look from when di baby missing and a now unnu a come? If we never block road all now unnuh wouldn’t find her!" one resident shouted to the police at the crime scene.

Yesterday, the residents blocked the roads in their community demanding more help from the police.

However, superintendent Leon Clunis who led the search operations today said police officers from the Red Hills Police Station have carried out every effort to find the child since she was reported missing.

"Inspectors have gone into the bushes several times but you have to remember these are persons without much resources to get the job done," Clunis said.

According to him, one man was arrested on Sunday in relation to a similar incident so checks are currently being made to see if he is also connected in the killing of Skyers.   

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