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Missing man's body at morgue for weeks, says relative

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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SEYMOUR Samuels, a Jamaican who had been living in the United States for some years and who was reported missing in October, is dead.

Samuels' grand-niece Cletan Marriot told the Jamaica Observer in a telephone interview Monday that his body has been sitting at a morgue for several weeks, after it was fished from the sea in Lucea, Hanover.

The woman said that a post-mortem was done on Saturday, after Samuels' body was identified by her aunt in the presence of the police. The result is inconclusive.

Last Thursday, the Observer reported that his British family was waiting with bated breath as local investigators tried to determine the whereabouts of their 82-year-old relative, who went missing on October 25.

“When I spoke to the lady [at the funeral home], I asked if there were any unidentified bodies there, she told me yes... I was speaking to her trying to give a description then she said that the person's name was... I said to her, 'I told you unidentified, so how are you giving me a name?' It was when my aunt got to the morgue she was hearing that they knew his body was there all along and that they couldn't give out any information without the authority of the police. All this time they (police) didn't tell us that they had an unidentified body...”

Samuels, who spent approximately 15 years in the United Kingdom before relocating to the US, where he spent 40 years, was a resident of New York.

He decided to relocate to Jamaica, where he had been born, and was staying with relatives at the time of his disappearance.

Samuels' son, Edward, told the Observer last Wednesday that after speaking to him on October 24, and to the person he was staying with the following morning, he had learnt that his father had left the house and had not been seen since.

Samuels' body was fished from the sea on October 27.

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