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JENSEN LA VENDE
Four men from the Brasso Seco area
are assisting police with investigations
after the body of missing one-year-old
Shania Amoroso and an adult female
believed to be that of her mother, Jenelle
Gonzales, 19, was discovered yesterday.
According to police, around 10.30 am,
officers of the North Eastern Division Task
Force and members of the Defence Force
followed a stench four miles into the Brasso
Seco forest where the two bodies were
found in duffle bags. The child's skull,
police said, was severely bashed in, while
the adult had a gunshot wound to the
There was a navel ring on the adult's
body but due to the advanced stage of
decomposition, police were not able to
positively identify the body.
Still missing are two other women
believed to be the child's grandmother
Irma Rampersad, 49, and her 17-year-old
daughter Felicia Gonzales, a student of
Malabar Secondary School. Police said
they will resume their search of the forest
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, one of Rampersad's
six daughters identified only as Gail said
investigators confirmed that her niece Sha-
nia was found dead. Gail said while she
has been preparing for something like this
since her relatives vanished from their Bleu
Road, Brasso Seco, Paria, home, two weeks
ago, the reality is nonetheless heart-
"We spoke to investigators and what
they said was that they found the body of
a child and a woman off a precipice. From
what they said, they are sure that it's the
baby, but they don't know who the woman
is. They said the body was too badly
decomposed, but she had a navel ring,"
She was not sure if her mother or her
sister wore a navel ring.
Gail said she had the hard and painful
task of gathering family members together
to break the news before they heard it from
"Right now we feeling ah how. I don't
even know how to break the news to them.
I prepared myself from the beginning for
this eh, but to see it come true now...
hmmm, I just don't know," Gail said.
Since the family vanished, there have
been rumours surrounding the reason for
their disappearance. One such rumour is
that Rampersad might have seen or heard
who killed a fellow resident in the area in
August. Another was that one of the
teenaged girls was involved in a relationship
with an escaped criminal who police
claimed had threatened family members
in Valencia if they did not help him hide
That man, police said, is believed to
have been behind the family's disappear-
ance and now death.
Since the disappearance, relatives and
residents of the rural village in the north
coast of Trinidad have made passionate
pleas for the safe release of the family
members whom they referred to as "inno-
cent ones. "
One villager who championed the call
is the relative of one of the four men now
in custody. The four men were held at the
Brasso Seco Community Centre for most
of the day yesterday before being taken to
police stations within the North Eastern
On Wednesday, four other men who
were held by the police and believed to be
"people of interest" in the disappearance
of the family were all released after spend-
ing close to six days in custody.
Following the discovery of the body, vil-
lagers refused to speak on the matter. Some
chose instead to talk about the deplorable
state of the road to get in and out of the
The killings have now taken the murder
toll to 348.
Family in pain as baby, woman found
in duffle bags in Brasso Seco forest
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The family members were last seen
alive on October 26 at their home in
In an interview on October 31,
Rampersad's daughter Nicole Gonzales
said her mother called her on October
27 to say she was taking her sister
Felicia to the Arima Health Facility.
Checks by relatives revealed they were
not at the health facility.
Nicole also said her sister Jenelle
would never leave home with her one-
year-old child Shania without packing
a baby bag for her. Since all the child's
belongings were still home, Nicole
believed the family was abducted.
Following the murder of Phillip
Noreiga, 31, on August 4 in the area,
Nicole said her mother had been
receiving threats by people who
believe she saw something and was
not forthcoming with the information.
She added that she was forced to
move out of the area for a while after
those threatening her mother
promised to kill her children and burn
their house down. "My mother is a
good woman, she don't lime, she don't
drink nothing, and my sisters are good
"I really need to see my family, that
is all I have. We need to see them.
They are peaceful people.
"That baby innocent, my family not
in drugs, in guns or anything," Nicole
said, her voice breaking.
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