UPDATE: Body found in St Andrew
Police confirmed a body was found in a shallow grave at Walkers, near St Andrew Parish Church.
Public relations officer, acting inspector Rodney Inniss, said the body was found in the rugged terrain just west of the church’s car park.
At this time, he said, they were unable to determine gender, age or race.
The body was discovered while police and Barbados Defence Force soldiers were conducting a joint search of the area for missing man Rahim Ward who was last seen on August 23 in St George. His car was recovered in the area.
The team, which started the search around 5 a.m., reportedly came across an area of disturbed ground and subsequently found the body in the shallow grave.
Inniss said this was the third joint search they conducted, but “don’t have sufficient information at this stage to link the body discovered to be that of Rahim Ward” and have launched an unnatural death investigation.
However, Ward’s family, including mother Barbara Dorant-Layne, was on the scene. They have been on the site for several days, but have gained no closure.
Ward, of Cottage Grove, St George, was last seen by his grandmother Virgene Ward at her Walkers Valley home.
On Wednesday night, the family held a vigil at the St George Parish Church, praying for his safe return.
Anyone with knowledge or information is asked to contact Police Emergency at 211 or any police station. (PR/SAT)
Police on the scene at Walkers, St Andrew where a body was found. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)