..but subsequent search comes up empty
A search party failed to find the remains of 10-year-old Ricky Jainarine who disappeared on August 11, last, while in the company of his father, Jainarine Dinanauth, and friend Henry Gibson. The two men’s bodies were discovered with marks of violence in a boat off Hogg Island.
The mother of the missing boy, Salimoon Rahaman, and her niece, Baby, traveled to Wakenaam where they were joined by ranks of the Sans Souci Police Station and a hunter, Derek Budhan, called Bangaree.
They went by boat to Moorfarm point on the north-eastern side of Wakenaam Island. There Bangaree showed them a spot where he said he saw a bag that contained rotting flesh and bones.
According to Bangaree, on August 16, last, he and another friend were hunting in the area when they came across a ‘big flat bag’ with a brown stripe on the beach. There was a very strong smell coming from the bag.
He said that he approached the bag with his cutlass and made a cut of about six inches long in the middle. He added that the bag was tied tightly at the top with what appeared to be a red strap from a life jacket.
Through the opening that he had made he said that he saw rotting flesh and recognised four rib bones like the rib cage of a human.
They left the bag at that spot on the beach and continued hunting. Further along the beach about a mile and a half away they came across a blue plastic basin that was tied securely with a yellow rope.
Bangaree said that he cut the rope and saw in the basin a black toque, two pairs of gloves and a three quarters plaid pants that was the fit for a small boy. He said that there was also white sand at the bottom of the basin.
According to the missing boy’s mother, the description of the pants was the same that her son wore on the day he went missing. Bangaree said that when he returned from hunting he told several persons, including an aunt of his, what he had seen.
He said that the aunt then suspected that the remains could be that of the missing ten-year- old boy whose story was being talked about at that time.
A sister of the missing boy’s mother was informed and she was advised to inform the mother of the boy. This was not done then.
About a week later, another resident who farms not very far from the area went with Bangaree to look for the bag but they could not moor their boat because the water was extremely rough, he said.
This newspaper learnt that it was only a few days ago that the boy’s mother learnt from her sister what the hunter had seen and she immediately made arrangements to travel to Wakenaam Island.
Bangaree told this newspaper that he was afraid to report his discovery to the police.
This newspaper was told that because of the action of the water in the area it is hardly likely that the bag with the remains could be very far away despite the length of time. It could however be buried under the debris of wood, branches and other stuff that the river deposits on the shore.
Salimoon Rahaman said that based on what Bangaree told her she believes that the pants are her son’s and she now fears that her son may be dead. The distraught mother is disappointed that her sister failed to pass on the information to her.
She said that she has been unable to sleep since she learnt of the hunter’s discovery.
Bangaree said that he may return with friends to the area to make another search.
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