Eleven days of hopeful searches for Malcolm Shastri Dookie ended tragically yesterday when police found his decomposing body near an oil well in Santa Flora.
Some relatives were still learning about the tragic news last night and they said his mother, Cynthia, was in an inconsolable state.
Based on days of intelligence gathering, officers from the Penal CID, including Sgt Ramsingh, Cpl Thompson, PC Singh and PC Hosein went to a Petrotrin Field Road. After trekking some 100 metres off the road, they found Dookie’s body wrapped in a tarpaulin around 1.30 pm.
He was identified through his coverall which bore his name.
Although the cause of death is yet to be determined, investigators believe he was murdered the day he went missing. An autopsy is expected to be done at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, today to determine the cause of his death.
His Hyundai H100 truck is yet to be found, leading police to believe he was robbed and killed.
Last week, his mother told the T&T Guardian closed circuit television footage showed Dookie, 28, leaving his home at Bhimull Trace, San Francique, Woodland, around 11 am on September 15.
She said she spoke to him around 7 am as he was leaving for work at Jokhan’s Contractors. She said she left home around 8 am and when she returned around 11.30 am she noticed his garage gate was opened.
She called out to him and after getting no response, she went to her home and called his cellphone. However, all calls to his phone were unanswered and when he did not return home that night she reported his disappearance to the police.
Checks with his supervisor the following morning showed that he did not report to work. The last his colleagues saw of him was when he left work that same day to make a delivery in San Francique for his supervisor. The murder toll for the year now stands at 335.
SOURCE: www.guardian.co.tt (Kevon Felmine)
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