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'Dem bones'!

Skeletal remains foul-up stalls police investigation

Kimmo Matthews

Wednesday, June 11, 2014    

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POLICE and medical officials were left baffled last night as to how skeletal remains that were part of an investigation ended up back at the Riverton City Dump in Kingston from where they were picked up two weeks ago.

Police told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the remains, which were to be tested to determine if they belonged to a human, were being kept at a hospital.

"Based on information we received, the remains were removed from Riverton and brought to the hospital," Deputy Superintendent of the St Andrew South Police Division Aaron Fletcher told the Observer.

Detectives said that arrangements were made for the remains to be transported to a morgue, where a pathologist would conduct further tests.

However, the cops said that what happened after is still unclear as the remains never made it to the morgue, but were instead packaged with garbage and dumped at the Riverton landfill.

The police said that they were alerted that a bag containing skeletal remains had been found at the garbage site, only to find out that it was the same bag that was left at the hospital. The remains have since been taken to a morgue for testing.

Yesterday, as the police questioned the series of events, the South East Regional Health Authority distanced itself from the foul-up.

Officials at the authority said that they were not aware of the case and were quick to point out that it would not be a hospital matter, as bones are not normally sent to such health facilities.

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