ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that the body of a child found today in Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew is that of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers who went missing on Thursday, April 11.
Child's body found in Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew
The police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) in a release a short while ago, said Shantae's body was found amongst rubble in an area known as Blue Hole by a search party led by the St Andrew North police.
CCU said that since her disappearance last Thursday the police, relatives, and community members had been searching several sites in the community without success; however efforts to find intensified when the Caribbean Search Centre, the Canine Division and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) joined the effort.
Shante, who is from Sterling Castle Heights, reportedly left for school last Thursday clad in her school uniform — a navy blue tunic, white blouse and black shoes.
The police said that as the investigation now transitions into a murder probe, personnel from the Community Safety and Security Branch—who had been giving support to the family since the child's disappearance — have been joined by the Victim Support Unit to deliver a new phase of intervention for those affected.
Meanwhile, investigators say they have identified a suspect in the matter and are pursuing leads.