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Missing man found dead in car
Although Lincoln Boodoo's
lifeless body bore no marks of vi-
olence when he was found yester-
day, his family remains confused
as to how he died.
Boodoo, 64, was last seen at his
Victoria Village, San Fernando home
around 5 pm on Saturday. His body
was found inside his white AD wag-
on on Pitmoon Street, Ste Madeline
around noon on Monday. Thieves
stripped the car of its tyres and head-
In an interview yesterday, his
daughter, Natasha Boodoo said her
father was accustomed to driving
around on evenings. Lincoln was
a father of four and grandfather of
"That was sort of his hobby, he
would bathe and get dressed in the
evening and go for drives," Natasha
"So when he went Saturday
evening no one thought anything of
it until he failed to come back home."
A report was made to the Ste Ma-
deleine Police Station and Natasha
said relatives launched their own
search party as well.
"We reported him missing
on Sunday because we knew he
wouldn't just go and don't come
It was Lincoln's son, Sherwin,
who found his body.
"It was my brother who find the
car between 12 and one o'clock,
when he find it, there were no lights
and tyres on the car. Right now we
don't know what is going on be-
cause the entire situation is just so
Up to late yesterday evening of-
ficers of the Ste Madeleine Police
Station were on the scene.
Cops raid two
Officers from several spe-
cial units of the T&T Police
Service (TTPS) raided two
Central-based car dealerships
yesterday, where $100,000 in
cash, one vehicle and forged
documents were seized.
The T&T Guardian understands
that one of the owners was still in
custody last night assisting police
in their investigations.
It is understood that officers
from the Stolen Vehicles, Organ-
ised Crime and Narcotics, Crimi-
nal Investigations Department and
the Fraud Squad conducted the raids
from about 9 am. There were also
officials from the Licensing and
Customs and Excise Divisions. The
operation was spearheaded by DCP
Harold Phillip and ACP (Crime) Ir-
When contacted yesterday for
comment, Hackshaw described
the operation, which ended shortly
before 6 pm, as a success. He, how-
ever, noted that the case was still
an active one. He said they seized
a BMW which was reported stolen
while among the forged and fraud-
ulent documents seized were forms
for vehicle transfers.
T&T Guardian was told that after
months of surveillance and intelli-
gence gathering on the two estab-
lishments, investigating officers
believe that illegal operations have
been taking place at the businesses.
Investigations are continuing.
ACIB takes over
army fraud case
The independent investigation
of the alleged swindling of $2 mil-
lion from the payroll department
of the T&T Defence Force (TTDF)
has been placed in the hands of the
According to a TTDF source who
wished anonymity, the investiga-
tions into the defrauding of almost
$2 million in payments was moving
swiftly, with investigators preparing
to question several TTDF members
whose accounts would have shown
large sums of money being deposit-
ed into their bank accounts via their
"The investigation is a very sen-
sitive one, as it also involves high
ranking members and also given the
fact that it is believed that this has
been happening for over a decade,"
the TTDF source said.
"As far as I am being told, the sen-
iors remain tight-lipped over this and
members are being sworn to secrecy."
In a release on Sunday, the TTDF
said two privates and a civilian worker
attached to the payroll department
were questioned over the weekend
and the matter was reported to the
police. The TTDF has also launched
its own investigation.
The T&T Guardian understands
that the two members of the payroll
department and a civilian worker, who
is on sick leave, have been fingered in
the investigation. It was alleged that a
replacement for the ill worker found
the discrepancy and reported it to his
Meanwhile, Minister of National
Security Edmund Dillon is said to be
awaiting a comprehensive report on
the matter from acting Chief of De-
fence Staff Captain Hayden Pritchard.
Dillon is also said to have expressed
disappointment in the TTDF, as it is
known to be a well disciplined or-
ganisation and added that any kind
of fraud in the organisation was a
cause for concern.
slain in Grande
Residents of Mahogany Drive,
North Eastern Settlement in
Sangre Grande were thrown into
mourning on Sunday night, after
one of their female neighbours
was shot and killed by an uni-
dentified man as she attempted to
open the front door to her home.
Theodora Ayers, 49, of Mahogany
Drive, North Eastern Settlement, was
shot in her chest and hand and died
while undergoing emergency sur-
gery at the Sangre Grande District
Ayers was a registered nurse who
last worked at the St James Hospital
and was the sister of Snr Supt Pamela
Morgan-Hinds, who is attached to the
Administrative Branch of the TTPS.
Police reports state that around 8.15
pm on Sunday, Ayers and her husband
Glen, an electrical contractor, had re-
turned home after attending a harvest
at Tamana. Ayers came out their Nis-
san Almera and went to open the gate
for her husband, but was approached
by a masked man who whipped out a
gun and opened fire. Ayers fell to the
ground and her husband ran out the
vehicle and ran to assist her.
Ayers'husband and neighbours put
her in a vehicle and rushed to the hos-
pital where she died around 8.37 pm.
Neighbours yesterday told T&T
Guardian she was a very friendly per-
son and being a nurse, always assisted
the children of the area and advised
parents on the importance of healthy
"Ayers was very respectful and as
nurse she was caring to all. Why would
someone want to kill a loving nurse
and individual?" neighbours asked.
Her husband was said to be trau-
matised by the killing.
The Ayers are the parents of one
girl, who was said to have been strick-
en with grief at the hospital on learn-
ing her mother had died.
Police were said to have had a sus-
pect in custody last night, but had no
motive for the killing.
Visiting the scene were DCP Harold
Phillip, ACP Blake Clarke, Snr Supt
James (Homicide), Snr Sup Garth
Nelson, Sgt Harper, PC Sankar and
Insp Christopher Fuentes, of Homi-
cide Bureau, Region 11, Arouca is con-
Ayers' killing brings the toll for the
year to 285.
Theodora Ayers, who was shot dead
outside her Sangre Grande home on
Ambush after day at church harvest
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