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May 27, 2014
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Deon P Green, Star Writer

The Morant Bay police are investigating the circumstances under which a skull, pieces of bones, and a pair of Clarks shoes were stolen from a grave at the Red Hills Cemetery in St Thomas, last Friday.

When THE STAR visited the location, family members, the police, and a large crowd were on the scene as they discussed the fact that the thieves had only left behind a black stainless steel watch, a pair of earrings and a few bone fragments.

The absence of a skull prompted talk of obeah among the onlookers. "A obeah; deh skull gone a deh obeah lab. It look like obeah," said one onlooker. "A how somebody get inna dat likkle hole? It must be a small person," another commented.

"We a go knock Kumina as it nah go so," said another.

Family member Sonia Dixon told The Star that the deceased, Bryan Turner, 26, died in his sleep and was buried at the cemetery in July last year. She said there were plans to hold a memorial this year when the news of the desecration surfaced.

"A family member got a call that one of the graves of their family was broken into and that the clothes were on the ground outside the grave and the bones were missing," she said. "On her arrival, she noticed that the casket was smashed, the skull removed and only two pieces of bones and a watch were in the grave."

The Morant Bay police, who are investigating, are now following leads that the grave may have been broken into by a family member in search of money relatives may have buried with the dead. It understood that only $2,000 and a pair of Clarks shoes were with the deceased.

Meanwhile, family members were disgruntled with how the police dealt with the matter. They argued that they should have been notified first rather than being told after they arrived at the scene.

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