Missing woman found dead in desolated area
The decomposed body of Elma Griffith Thom was found on Monday about eight miles from her home
some six days since she was reported missing.
The woman who lived alone at Lot 3 Tucber Park, in New Amsterdam, was missing since Wednesday. Her nude bloated body was found in a trench some three miles down a lonely dam at the back of Lochaber, West Canje, Berbice. She was clad in black tights only.
According to her nephew, Andrew Griffith, the family got the news around 13:30 hrs. He was informed that his aunt’s bag was found by a fisherman down the dam. It contained a loaf of bread, sugar, cheese, a pair of long boots, an umbrella and about $60,000.
He stated that some time later his aunt’s body was found a little distance away in a trench.
Her only daughter, Cheryl Griffith, who lives in Trinidad and Tobago and flew into the country on Friday after getting the report that her mother was missing, stated that she had planned to come home to be with her mother and to take her back to Trinidad.
She said that her mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and might have wandered off after going out on an errand. The woman stated that the same young man who found her mother’s bag had stated that he had pulled her out of a trench and had asked a group of estate workers to help lead her out of the area to safety but they apparently did not.
She stated that they got information that her mother was seen in the area on Friday. Griffith stated that they searched the same area on Saturday but did not venture to the back which is a far, desolate and muddy area.
Undertakers from the Arokium Funeral Parlour, relatives and police had to secure the services of a tractor to traverse the desolate area. They returned some time after 17:30 hrs with the body.
Andrew Griffith had stated that his aunt was usually taken care of by a neighbour who used to provide her meals and take care of her other chores. Griffith stated that he last spoke to his now dead aunt on Wednesday morning and she was all right. She would usually go out on her own and would return. She used to attend the All Saints Anglican Church and once worked at the Central Police Station as a caretaker.
The man stated that they first got news of her being missing on Wednesday afternoon. They immediately mounted searches. They also made a report to the Central Police station. They contacted a number of relatives and friends and had searched the various hospital and other places.
The family had also placed notices on the local Television stations in Berbice and had printed and distributed a number of flyers with her photographs throughout Berbice.
Police have since taken possession of her bag with the items and have questioned a number of persons.
A Post Mortem examination is expected to be conducted shortly and investigations are continuing.