Croc bitten body found

August 22, 2016

The St Catherine South police are trying to identify the mutilated body of a female that was discovered on Saturday in the Black River in Amity Hall district, Old Harbour.

The body is of brown complexion, medium build, about 152 centimetres (5 feet) long and is believed to be in its mid-20s. It was clad in a white merino and black tights.

The Old Harbour police said about 3 p.m., residents saw the body, a part of which seemed partially bitten, in the water and summoned them. On the police arrival, the body was removed from the water and taken to the morgue for a post mortem.

wetland area

The police said it is believed the body was bitten by crocodiles. Amity Hall is a wetland area where rice and other crops are cultivated. "We believe that the body has been here from about Thursday and that the reptiles have eaten off one of the arm and bit other parts," a senior investigator said.

Manager of public education and corporate communication at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Dionne Rose, said a team from the office will be investigating the incident. Rose confirmed that Amity Hall is a wetland area, and therefore a natural habitat for crocodiles.

Meanwhile persons in the community said it is not the first time a body is being found in the area. The residents said they are concerned that the area is being used as a dumping ground.

Anyone who may be able to assist the lawmen in identifying this body is being asked to contact the Old Harbour police at 983-2255, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

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