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Still no charge in death of 7-year-old

Published:Saturday | November 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The St Catherine Police have revealed that they are still interviewing several suspects in the death of a seven-year-old girl whose body was found in the Rio Cobre last week, days after she was reported missing.

At the same time, Senior Superintendent Noel Christie, who heads the St Catherine South Police Division, said a post-mortem is to be conducted next Tuesday to determine how Kadesha Cousins met her death.

The second-grade student at Waterford Primary School was last seen alive last Wednesday morning when her grandmother left her at a bus stop in Central Village. The girl was to make her way to school from there.

Body in Rio Cobre

A missing person report was filed with the police when she did not return home from school and two days later, fishermen found her body in the Rio Cobre. The police said the body was found laying face down and relatives revealed that they were informed that it had multiple stab wounds.

"We are interviewing several persons in relation to the disappearance (of Kadesha) and we are hoping that after the post-mortem we will interview some more persons," Christie told The Gleaner yesterday.

He was responding to claims by family members that police investigators had informed them that a man who is well known to the second-grade student at Waterford Primary School had been taken into custody.

The Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force confirmed on Tuesday that a man was in custody "in relation to the death of Kadesha Cousins".

According to CCU, the man was picked up during a police operation in St Catherine on Sunday.

Christie sought to clarify that the man was one of several persons who have already been interviewed by detectives.

He said the police were doing a number of things to wrap up the probe, but declined to comment further.