Jamaica Crime News, St Andrew: Shantae Skyers – The Red Hills police in St. Andrew, say they have now identified a man who residents accused of being involved in the gruesome murder of 8-year-old Shantae Skyers, and who was mobbed and burnt alive on Wednesday evening, April 17.
He has been identified as 26-year-old Miguel Williams, laborer of Sterling Castle.
One police related that, Williams who residents accused of playing a part in the death of the small child, was held by angry residents at a section of Sterling Castle, known as Bulla Level, where he was beaten, chopped and burnt alive.
A house which was occupied by Williams was also set on fire and partially burnt to the ground. The cooling down operation was carried out by firemen from the Half Way Tree Fire Department.
In the meanwhile, the two male suspects who were taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon, are presently being questioned at the Red Hills Police Station.
Shantae’s decomposing body was found in bushes in Sterling Castle Heights, Red Hills, St. Andrew, on Tuesday afternoon, April 17.
According to the police, an investigation was launched immediately following the discovery of the infant’s body on Tuesday, and they picked up the trail of the two suspects.
Reports are that, last Thursday Shantae left her home in Sterling Castle Heights and set out for school. That afternoon when she did not return home, her mother and father got worried and went in search of her.
It was confirmed by her grade teacher that she was in class that day and also several community members remembered seeing her at a bus stop in the community, and then on route to her home.
It turned out to be a painful five days for her family, who reported the matter to the police and then formed their own search parties, in search of 8-year-old, Shantae.
On Tuesday an all-out effort was made by family, community members, the St. Andrew police, a team from the Caribbean Search Centre, the police Canine Division and the Jamaica Defence Force led to the discovery of Shantae’s body.
The entire community of Sterling Castle had their hopes shattered and could not hide their emotions, after the body of the child was discovered beneath rubbles at a bushy section of the community they called Blue Hole.