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A farmer s keen sense of smell yesterday
led police to a body believed to be one of
the female members of the missing family
from Brasso Seco, Paria, for whom they
have been searching the forest for the past
Police believe the body is that of either
Irma Rampersad, 49, or one of her daugh-
ters, Felicia, 17, or Jenelle Gonzales, 19.
The farmer was part of the 52-member
team that had been searching unsuccessfully
for several hours yesterday when, around
3.15 pm, he said he was getting a foul smell
from some bushes nearby.
Members of the Homicide Bureau and
the Crime Scene Unit then searched the
area and found the half-naked, decomposing
body hours later. It was found near a tree
in a grey top and red underwear. The right
foot was missing but police believe wild
animals may have eaten it.
The police brought the body, which was
found several miles from where two other
bodies were found on Saturday, out the
forest around 6.40 pm.
In a release yesterday, the police confirmed
Felix Martinez, 52, had also been positively
identified as the man they found in the
forest on Saturday. His identity was con-
firmed after an autopsy revealed he was
strangled to death.
Martinez, 52, was found with the body
of a child, believed to be 14-month-old
Shania Amoroso, in a forested area of the
Paria Valley. They were found wrapped in
a sleeping blanket four miles into the forest.
The child's skull was severely bashed in.
However, the autopsy on the infant was
inconclusive due to the advanced state of
decomposition and a further forensic exam-
ination is required.
Martinez was said to be a close friend of
the family and it was he who reported the
family missing a day after they disappeared.
He told police he was asleep in their house
the day they went missing and awoke to
find a kitchen window broken and the
women and child missing. A few days later
he too went missing but was believed to
have been hunting.
Speaking with the media yesterday, Mar-
tinez's brother, John, said his brother was
a kind man who used to help out all the
Other villagers said Martinez never went
to school and used to stay at the home of
everyone in the village, including the missing
Villagers said they were about to call off
the search when they got the scent.
Following the discovery, about a quar-
ter-mile into the forest, off Mt Bleu Road,
Paria, villagers who were part of the search
team said the family was at least getting
Residents described the killer/s as a mon-
ster/s who is/are robbing the family of clo-
sure by ensuring they don't find the bodies
of all their relatives at once.
But relatives, who spoke briefly with the
T&T Guardian, said they were not surprised
by the discoveries as they believed it was
a way of torturing the family. They ques-
tioned the number of times they would have
to receive a phone call telling them of the
discovery of a decomposing relative. The
perpetrator/s of the crime, they added,
was/were robbing the entire family of com-
fort, closure and peace.
Minimum wage still to be reviewed --- McLeod News --- Page A6
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The Ministry of Education will go to Cabinet to
ask for truancy officers for schools, CCTV cameras
will be introduced next month and parents will be
placed on a database, all in an attempt to solve
The decisions were made after Education Minister
Dr Tim Gopeesingh, National Security Minister Gary
Griffith, national co-ordinator of the Citizen Security
Programme Gregory, Sloane-Seale, and staff from
the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Develop-
ment, the National Operations Centre (NOC) and
the police met yesterday to discuss strategy to deal
with school violence.
The meeting, at the Education Ministry, Alexandra
Street, St Clair, lasted two-and-a-half hours.
Gopeesingh said it was called as a result of issues
of indiscipline and violence but the majority of the
schools were doing very well.
He added: "There is no chaos in the education
"There is a well behaved population. It has been
highlighted and it goes viral. We are leaders in edu-
cation. We have good performers in the SEA, CSEC
and CAPE getting world prizes."
Nevertheless, he listed a number of measures to
be taken to reduce violence in schools.
Schools would have access to the Cadet Force, a
crisis management support team, mentors, truancy
officers, social workers, counsellors, police youth
clubs, student enhancement learning centres, com-
munity and parenting counselling, he said. They
would also partner with the chuch and 18 denom-
inational school boards, he added.
Gopeesingh said the CCTV cameras would be put
in every school after a tendering process and the
National Operations Centre would monitor the sys-
tems and respond to any occurrences of violence.
He said there were over 600 members of the Stu-
dent Support Services who would assist in counselling
students and parents during the initiative.
He said they would create a massive database of
parents and they would communicate with them on
issues within the schools.
Truancy officers, he said, would be re-introduced
and would meet with parents.
He added: "The Ministry of Education will now
go to Cabinet to ask for truancy officers --- they have
been there in the past, but in the past ten years there
were no truancy officers --- who will go to the homes
of parents when their students are not at school or
are dysfunctional and will meet with those parents.
Farmer picks up scent on forest trail
AT A GLANCE
• Truancy officers/management response team.
• Health and safety officers, guidance officers,
• Introduction of Girl Guides, Scouts, Cadets.
• Students take part in a student council.
• Involvement of police youth clubs.
• Participation in sport and martial arts.
• Mentors will speak at schools.
• Enhancement learning centres.
GETTING IT RIGHT
In a story last Saturday (pA6) we
reported that the Police Complaints
Authority's deputy director, Master
Ralph Doyle, was reappointed last week.
The PCA has asked us to clarify that this
is in fact not the case. Master Doyle was
appointed in December 2010 for five
years and thus his term comes to an end
Our apologies for the error.
back in schools
found near tree
for 11TH NOVEMBER, 2014
Members of the Fire Services Search and Rescue Unit place the body of a woman in a
hearse after it was discovered in a forested area off Mt Bleu Road, Paria, last night. It is
believed to be that of one of the members of a Brasso Seco, Paria, family who went
missing over two weeks ago. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A search team, comprising members of
the Police Service, Defence Force, Forestry
Division and eight villagers, has been
searching the Brasso Seco forest since the
family was reported missing on October
28. They will return to the forest today.
So far, five people, including three rel-
atives of the missing family, have been
Police also have issued and all points
alert for the whereabouts of Azmon
Alexander, who is deemed "a person of
interest" in the case.
Members of the public are asked to call
the hotline number 708-9956 if they have
information which can assist the police.
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