The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of six-year-old Daniel Adolphus, may forever remain a mystery to police and his loved ones.
Police and Detectives yesterday, attempted to locate and dig up an unmarked grave, believed to be that of the missing lad.
But after hours of digging in a landfill behind the CARICOM rice mill in Anna Regina, they found nothing. It was there that the child’s father, Junior Adolphus, claimed he had buried the corpse.
Daniel Adolphus disappeared in December 2015, from the family’s Richmond, Essequibo Coast home, while in the care of his father.
The boy’s father, Junior Adolphus, claimed that he awoke around midnight and found the television on, the door ajar, but young Daniel was nowhere to be seen.
He then alerted neighbours and a search began. He made a report to the Anna Regina Police Station where he was detained and interrogated.
In a startling confession on Friday, Adolphus admitted to having killed and buried his son.
Around 09.00 hours yesterday, Adolphus led the ranks to a landfill behind the CARICOM rice mill in Anna Regina, where he had allegedly buried his son.
The area pointed out by Adolphus was covered with huge mounds of burning paddy husk. These heaps of paddy remains, usually burn consistently and are sometimes sold as “black-ash” to local farmers and other residents.
One can imagine that after two years, the amount of waste dumped over the boy’s grave will be mind-boggling.
Investigators however, took up the task, and excavated the area pointed out by Adolphus in an attempt to find the missing body.
After more than two hours of digging, investigators still came up empty handed. Residents who were on scene yesterday have since asked “were the investigators conned?”
“Could it be that the boy’s remains were completely decomposed, due to the continuous burning of the landfill?”
While these are all ticklish questions, residents did not stray from their firm believe, that Junior Adolphus’s confession is credible.
Back in 2015, many residents were admonishing the suspect, “Junior point out where you buried the boy!”
The suspect’s wife even questioned, “Junior what you did with my son?” This publication understands that Adolphus suffers from a mental condition.
In speaking with Kaieteur News one resident added, “Junior does like go and come. One time, he behaves like a normal man in the community, but then the next time like he’s off in his own world. There was this one time that he even walked by my street completely naked.”
In April 2014, police arrested and charged him for attempting to slash his son’s throat.
He reportedly told the court that he was unwell and his nerves got the better of him. The Magistrate presiding over the case requested that he undergoes a medical evaluation. The matter was then dismissed.
It would appear that Junior Adolphus was in a stable mental condition, when he made the confession to police last Friday. When he first arrived at the Anna Regina Police Station yesterday, he was shedding tears.
But his manner became erratic as the day wore on.
At the alleged ‘burial spot,’ rather than appearing distraught, Adolphus enjoyed a box of food, after which he took a nap.
The disappointed ranks eventually left the scene with the suspect. It is unclear whether they will resume the search today.
For now, however, many will ask themselves as they walk by the Adolphus house, “Whatever happened to little Daniel Adolphus?”
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