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Jan 3, 2018

Final Look at Very Violent 2017

Is 2017 the deadliest year ever? The official count for homicides stood at one hundred and forty-four when 2017 came to an end. But there are three cases involving four persons for which the results of DNA are still pending. If confirmed, this would bring the total number of murders up to a staggering one hundred and forty-eight. Tonight, News Five’s Duane Moody goes back to the archives and look at these cases.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

According to our records, 2017 had a total of one hundred and forty-four homicides; which is one of the deadliest years in recent times. The highest record in the past decade was back in 2012 when the murder rate was up to one hundred and forty-five.  But the data does not include three cases for which it is highly suspected that the deceased were murdered—whether because the police department is still awaiting DNA results or that there are no concrete evidence to prove what is believed to have been a homicide. One of the most gripping cases was the death of Faye Lin Cannon; a postmortem indicates that the thirteen-year-old suffered a cruel death.

 

Cheryl-Lynn Vidal

Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, Director of Public Prosecutions [File: July 13th, 2017]

“We don’t very often see this degree of criminality. The observation section of the postmortem report reads like a horror story and the doctor says, of course with the caveat that we don’t want to try the case here, but that he observed fresh injuries, old injuries and all of them significant injuries. When interviewed under caution, both persons admitted to knowing of injuries being sustained by the victim. We cannot at this stage say that they caused those injuries but they were aware of injuries. They were of the view that she was suffering from a certain illness. And in all that time, they never took her for any kind of medical treatment; in all that time, they never took her to a doctor to be diagnosed, instead they decided to administer valium to her and to perform some Japanese healing technique on her. And the extent and nature of the injuries I think definitely, in light of the fact that they were the persons responsible for taking care of the child, amount to tremendous neglect on their part.”

 

Pamela Lino

And what happened to Pamela Lino? The Information technology teacher of Santa Elena, whose Kia Sportage SUV was found burning near mile twenty-one on the George Price Highway, purportedly with Lino dead inside. While a DNA test is yet to confirm the identity, the teacher has still not surfaced. The family and friends fear the worst.

 

Voice of: Relative of Pamela Lino [File: May 3rd, 2017]

“The issue is that we have a family member that might be a potential victim of a crime, of a murder, a homicide.  Like I said, that is not confirmed because as we understand it there has been no positive identification.”

 

The cases of Faye Lin and Pamela, would take the murder count up by two. But you can add two other bodies to the statistic, taking into consideration the unresolved case of the double fatality in the south. On March first, 2017, there was a fatal accident between miles two and three on the Placencia Road. Inside the burnt wreckage of a Ford F-150 pickup truck were the charred remains of a man and woman, who were seated in the front passenger seat and back seat of the truck. While they still have not been identified, they are believed to be a European couple. The whereabouts and identity of the driver is still not known. But why were the license plates removed? At the time police said that new evidence suggested it could be a double murder, and not an accident. At the onset of the investigation, police said the vehicle was owned by a resident in Placencia.

 

Ralph Moody

Sr. Supt. Ralph Moody, Regional Commander, Southern Police Formation [File: March 1st, 2017]

“Police responded to the report and on arrival they saw an F-150 pickup engulfed in flames.  After the fire had been extinguished or burned out we observed that we had several bodies inside and we tracked down the vehicle to a person in Placencia, but I don’t have the identity of the persons inside of the vehicle at this present moment.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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