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UPDATE: Body of missing 8-y-o St Andrew girl found, suspect identified

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 5:18 PM
Police engage with residents of Sterling Castle following the discovery of the body of eight-year-old Shante Skyers - Lionel Rookwood photo

The search for eight-year-old Shantae Skyers of Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew who went missing last Thursday has ended.

A search party led by the St Andrew North Police found the child’s body among rubble in an area known as Blue Hole in the community today.

The police say investigators have identified a suspect and are pursuing leads.

The police, as well as family and community members, had been searching several sites in the community since Friday without success.

The police say the search intensified today when personnel from the Caribbean Search Centre, the Canine Division and the Jamaica Defence Force joined the effort.

As the investigation transitions into a murder probe, the police say personnel from the Community Safety and Security Branch — who had been giving support to the family since the child’s disappearance — have been joined by the Victim Support Unit to deliver a new phase of intervention for those affected.

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