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Nov 8, 2019

Missing Man Found Dead

Jaswant Brooks

Missing teen, Jaswant Brooks has been found. He was murdered and dumped in some shallow waters in a patch of mangroves off the George Price Highway.  As we’ve reported, eighteen-year-old Brooks went missing on Monday morning after he left home and was later seen riding his bike on Police Street.  His family has been searching all week for him after they received reports that he had been killed and discarded off in the Burdon Creek.  There were multiple reports after nine this morning that Brooks’ body was found but those reports turned out to be false.  It wasn’t until around two this afternoon that his decomposing body was discovered. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more in the following story.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Four days after he went missing, the decomposing body of eighteen-year-old Jaswant Brooks was found in some mangroves at mile four off the George Price Highway.  Just before two this afternoon, the police received a call about a body and by two-thirty, family, friends and on-lookers gathered along the highway, as coastguard, police and scenes of crime personnel made their way over in a boat to retrieve the body. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo was on the scene.

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“We got assistance from the coastguard and we managed to fish out the body from the mangoves where it was identified by the family members as that of the missing person Jaswant Brooks.”

 

Reporter

“Was there any visible signs of injuries he suffered?”

 

Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Yes. There was an injury that was noted at the back of his head.”

 

Reporter

“Do you guys know from what specific weapon?”

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“No. I cannot tell you at this moment. We have to wait for the postmortem which will be done tomorrow morning.”

 

Jaswant Brookes was killed and dumped off the highway. It is a painful end to what has been an emotional four days for the Brooks family. Hours before his body was found, Kent Brooks broke down in tears this morning.

 

Kent Brooks

Kent Brooks, Father of Deceased

“Anything yuh ask he fi do, he wah do it. You tell he fi go buy (crying) he gwein and he wah come back. You could tell he anything or any lee work around to do, he wah do it mien. He dah nuh no bad person. They just chanced my lee bwai out of his life. (Crying)”

 

Brooks got a call around nine-thirty this morning that a body was floating in the Burdon Creek at mile six on the George Price Highway. The family has been searching this area since earlier this week. They had received reports that Jaswant had been murdered and dumped in the creek. The authorities searched on Thursday and this morning but they didn’t find a body.

 

Kent Brooks

“I come out fi come see and identify if dah he because we done get a report that dah by the bridge yah deh dump the body. So, as I get the report I immediately come out come check see.”

 

It wasn’t until this afternoon that they found his body, about a mile and a half from where they were searching. So, who killed Jaswant Brooks and why? Kent Brooks says that he has no idea but there are allegations that his son’s disappearance may be connected to another crime.  He says that the last time he saw his son alive was on Monday morning.

 

Jaswant Brooks

Kent Brooks

“About ten-thirty minutes to eleven he left say he gwein buy marijuana on Police Street. Since that time he nuh show up back and he dah nuh deh type of person.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What do you think happened to your son?”

 

Kent Brooks

“Well, you just hear all kinda things from the street but I just have hope that maybe we could find ah living.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What are some of the reports you’ve heard?”

 

Kent Brooks

“I hear that deh beat ah up; that deh dump ah dah river. But if dah so, I just want to find his body, you understand?”

 

Laverne Olivera was on the scene when her nephew’s body was discovered. She says that they are thankful for the closure because the past days have been tough on the family. She believes the body was placed in this area for the family to find it.

 

Laverne Olivera

Laverne Olivera, Aunt of Deceased

“We thank God that we get the body mek we get closure. But all this while we the work we work with Mr. Espat because we neva have nobody to help we. We gone dah station and deh say he has to be a missing person. So, we called him and ask to help us. All ah we deh out here whole ah yesterday and we pass right yah and to my belief if dah body mi deh yah yesterday we must would ah see that body the float there. The way how I see ah swell up there, we must mi wah see ah because I drive slow and we really comb the area – all yah and we nuh see nothing.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you believe someone put it there because they wanted you guys to find it?”

 

Laverne Olivera

“I believe that it just come there. Yes, they wanted that because between last night and sometime this morning that just come there because we comb yah and we nuh find nothing.”

 

The police say that it appears that Jaswant Brooks was killed the day that he went missing. Superintendent Cowo shares more about the investigation.

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, is it believed that he was murdered that same day that he went missing?”

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“There is a possibility based on the state of decomposition that the body was found.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“The area where he was found, is that an area where you have searched before?”

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“No. We were not in that area. We were on the opposite side of the highway because we had received information that possibility that the body was by Burdon canal or by Cisco.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What has the investigation showed so far as to why Jaswant went missing?”

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Well, we have spoken to several persons and we know that he is not a person doesn’t have any record and doesn’t mingle with anybody. The reason why he went and what happened to him is something that we are yet to find out exactly as to what happened.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“There are many theories around on the street- maybe a possible connection to another crime that was committed. Was he ever a person of interest in anything that you have investigated?”

 

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“No. His name has never been called out to any investigation but we know about that rumor and we are following that lead.”

 

Jaswant Brooks, from all accounts, was an easy-going young man. His family says that he stayed out of trouble. The family says that it appears that he was shot to the back of the head, but a post-mortem needs to be conducted to confirm that.  Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


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