The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) last week released some shocking figures that indicate 65 per cent of the 1,112 people reported missing in Jamaica since January 1st 2008 are children. That adds up to over 700 children missing without a trace, with the exception of 3 who have been found dead.
According to The Observer, the deceased children have been identified as Aamir Scott an 11 year old whose dismembered body was found in his hometown of Sandside, St Mary and 15 year old Baggio Easy, found decomposing near the Riverton City landfill last month. The third body was found on Red Hills Road, St. Andrew quite recently and police await DNA tests to determine the identity of the child’s remains.
Ananda Dean’s family believe the body found on Red Hills could definitely be the 11-year-old’s. She has been missing for sometime now and a shoe and school uniform found near the yet unidentified remains are thought to be the belongings of young Ananda.
Police reported that since the year started 58 children have been murdered. An autopsy concluded that Easy drowned, but 11 year old Scott was violently murdered and a teen is in custody, after having confessed to committing the murder.
The report states that police have been able to locate 353 of the 1,112 missing persons, but they are unsure of the number of children found. People reported missing often return home without their ‘found’ status being reported to police; making missing persons a difficult issue to precisely track. Many young girls are runaways who sometimes are found hiding out with a male partner. In some cases the runaways return home voluntarily.