Sunday 26 May, 2019

Police commissioner extends sympathy to Shante Skyers’ family, friends

Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, has extended his sympathies to the family and friends of young Shante Skyers, the seven-year-old girl whose decomposing body was found on Tuesday, April 16 in the community of Sterling Castle, Red Hills, St Andrew.

The Commissioner, in a news release, stated: “we (the JCF) sincerely regret Shante’s tragic passing, and mourn with her family and community members. We are steadfastly focused on our investigations into this gruesome act and are determined to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice, as we continue to give support and security to the community.

“The police have maintained contact with the family through Shante’s grandmother, who has been the primary contact since she first made the missing person’s report.

“We assure all that the police remains committed to the protection of our children and all citizens. At the same time, we again urge parents and guardians to increase their vigilance in the safety of their children.

“In the unfortunate event a loved one goes missing, persons are urged to make a missing person report to the nearest police station IMMEDIATELY (do not wait for 24 hours to elapse before making your report) if  reasonable steps (such as making contact with the missing person’s friends, relatives and associates) were taken to locate the individual, proved futile.”

Major General Anderson further stated that “instructions have been given for the response mechanism and protocols around missing persons to be reviewed with the view of ensuring that the JCF’s response is in keeping with international best practices for the safe recovery of missing persons.

“The team of police officers who found Shante’s body shares greatly in this grief and is presently receiving counselling.

The commissioner renewed the appeal for persons with information to contact their nearest police station or share information anonymously through Crime Stop at 311, or by calling the police emergency number, 119.

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