Monday 22 October, 2018

Remains found in burnt cars in May confirmed to be of St Ann couple

A photograph that was released of Celene Gordon (left) and Andre Wedderburn, both of Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay, at the time of their disappearance.

A photograph that was released of Celene Gordon (left) and Andre Wedderburn, both of Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay, at the time of their disappearance.

The St Ann police have confirmed the identities of two individuals whose charred remains were found in two burnt vehicles in Haddon, Moneague on Thursday, May 31 this year.

They are 39-year-old Andre Wedderburn, otherwise called 'Rider', and 21-year-old Celene Gordon, both of Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay.

The results of forensic tests provided to the police late last month confirmed that the bodies were those of a couple from Runaway Bay, St Ann, who went missing on May 3.

The police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) had reported at the time in a release about the couple's disappearance that "contact was last made with Wedderburn and Gordon on Wednesday, May 2."

It added that "efforts to make further contact (with them) have proven futile. Their mode of dress at the time they went missing is unknown."

Twenty-eight days later, a farmer was on his way to his field in a section of Hadden district in the Moneague area, when he came upon two burnt-out vehicles sometime after 11:00 a.m.

The police were alerted and, during their processing of the scene, the two human remains, later identified as Wedderburn and Gordon, were discovered.

A postmortem that was conducted on the remains in June did not establish the cause of the couple's death.

DNA samples taken from the relatives of the couple were subsequently submitted to the forensic laboratory, which confirmed a match with the bone samples of the deceased individuals.

Meanwhile, an investigation remains ongoing to determine the identity of the charred remains of another man who was found in a burnt-out vehicle in Claremont, St Ann on Monday, May 28.

It was theorised that the burnt body was that of a well-known radio journalist and disc jockey from the Corporate Area, who had been reportedly missing prior to the discovery.

Residents in Claremont had discovered a burnt Nissan Tiida motorcar at about 9:30 a.m., and the police, who were summoned, later found the charred remains in the trunk of the vehicle.

The police revealed that the car was rented on May 20 for two days by a male in the Corporate Area.

The vehicle was reported missing on May 27 at the Matilda’s Corner Police Station in St Andrew.

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