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Man's decompsoing body remains stuck in cave

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The St Elizabeth police and other local authorities are uncertain about their next step in trying to remove the body of a 73-year-old man from a deep cave at Retirement district, close to Maggotty in the parish's north-west.

Police say the body is that of 73-year-old Aston Thompson of Retirement. Thompson, who was said to be stricken with the brain debilitating disease, Alzheimer's, strayed from home earlier this month and was reported missing on July 12.

It was only this week that Thompson's slippers were discovered by a relative at the entrance to the cave when it was discovered that he had fallen into it. However, at 150 feet down a narrow shaft in the cave, persons trying to have the body are faced with a dilemma as they try to find a way of having it removed. Another big challenge is that as the day passes the state of decomposition gets worse.

The fire department and specialists from the Jamaica Caves Organisation have explored ways to retrieve the body, so far without success.

"The problem is that the passage way is very steep and very narrow and very, very difficult to manoeuvre," head of the St Elizabeth police, Superintendent Lanford Salmon told the Jamaica Observer.

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