________________________________________By Michael Jordan
He apparently had no close friends. No women in his life…few photographs of himself. He seldom confided in anyone….not his family, not his colleagues. So no one could quite fathom how and why he ended up dead and naked as he was born, on a bushy dam.
On Saturday, July 3, 2010, a man looking for bird-seed on a dam near D’Aguiar Housing Scheme, Ruimveldt, spotted something that made him hurry away from the area. He kept this information to himself until the following day, when he eventually confided in a friend. The friend went to the same area to confirm the report. He then contacted the police.
Accompanied by the man, a police rank trekked down the muddy, bushy dam. After walking half-way down the dam, the cop came face to face with what the other men had seen. Hanging from a low tree branch with a belt around the neck, was the nude body of a man. There was a cut on one of the victim’s hands.
Acting on information they had received, the police contacted officials from the GEB Security Services. The officials accompanied some of the police ranks down the dam. They took one look at the dead man, and immediately confirmed that the victim was one of their employees. He was 43-year-old Lynden Collins, a company driver, and a resident of Princes Street, Lodge.
Collins’ colleagues revealed that they had last seen him on Friday, July 2, 2010. At the time, Collins was driving one of the firm’s buses. But that very afternoon, some staff spotted the same vehicle parked near the dam where Collins’ body was eventually found.
According to reports, the keys were in the ignition and a GEB uniform was in the vehicle. There was no sign of Lynden Collins.
The GEB staffers took the vehicle to the security firm’s headquarters. But then they reportedly noticed bloodstains in the vehicle and took it to the Ruimveldt Police Station.
Telus Collins, one of the victim’s brothers, said that he last saw his sibling on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. He was driving the GEB bus and did not seem to be worried about anything.
The brother said that he was later told that Lynden left for work on Friday night and failed to return home. He was later informed that the bus his brother was driving had been found. A worried Telus Collins said that he then checked at the Georgetown Public Hospital, but failed to locate his brother.
Shortly after, he spotted a GEB vehicle and stopped the staffers to enquire whether they had any information about his missing brother. One of the staffers then informed him that Collins’ body had been found. He told me that his brother did not appear to have any problems. But he also revealed that his sibling seldom confided in anyone.
Lynden Collins had fathered two children, but the brother had no idea there were any women in his life at the time of his demise.
Around the same time that Collins’ body was found, police also found a corpse on the seawall aback of the NIS Sports Club. The body bore two gaping wounds to the throat. The victim was identified as 42-year-old Claudine Inniss, called ‘Ann’, of Leopold Street. At first, investigators wondered whether the two cases were somehow connected.
There were also rumours that Inniss was seen entering a GEB minibus outside of a car wash on Hadfield Street on Friday, July 2, 2010. However, investigators eventually concluded that there was no connection.
To date, investigators have found no leads, which indicate that anyone murdered Lynden Collins. They seemed to have leaned towards suicide, but they have unearthed nothing to show why Collins would have taken his own life.
One of the unanswered questions is this: Why would the security guard have removed his GEB uniform, then proceeded to walk stark naked down a dam to hang himself?
His family believes that someone murdered Collins. But because of his reclusive lifestyle, what happed to the GEB guard almost nine years ago may remain a secret that is never revealed.
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