UPDATE: Body found off Anse Cochon identified; 7-year-old still missing

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UPDATE: Body found off Anse Cochon identified; 7-year-old still missing
Tyree Prentice
Tyree Prentice

The body of an adult male discovered floating about one mile off Anse Cochon beach near Anse La Raye on  Sunday, October 26, 2014 has been identified as one of two persons reported missing.

The body has been identified as Francis Clavier, 55, of Anse La Verde, Anse La Raye. His grandson, seven-year-old boy, Tyree Prentice, is still missing.

Tyree’s father, Ashley Prentice, 29, of Soufriere, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his son was last seen on Saturday in the care of his grandfather. Tyree does not live with his father.

Ashley, a mechanic, told SNO that it is believed the deceased and his grandson went kayaking on Saturday, en route to Tikaye Resort where Tyree’s mother works.

Ashley said this is evident based on the fact that shoes belonging to his son and the man were discovered on the beach where the kayak was last seen.

The father said he was told that the kayak had a hole. He said the elder man was most likely unaware that the vessel was leaking until it was too late. The kayak belonged to someone else.

Ashley said he discovered his son was missing on Monday afternoon when he was notified that his son did not turn up for school. He said the grandfather sometimes takes the son to school.

He described the relationship between Tyree and his grandfather as “close”.

A search by the Marine unit is currently underway for young Tyree – Ashley’s only child.

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  1. Can't say I know what you guys are going through, cuz I've never been in such a situation, but I do hope that u guys find closure in this so that u can move on. I know tyree was a wonderful little boy and we all would love to have him in our presence, but it is what it is. God bless you guys. #keepthefaith:* Ashley! Be strong coco, and now is the time to put God first and you definitely will notice a difference. Love u loads

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  2. This is such sad news. Now the family might never have closure if the body of poor tyree remains undiscovered. Be strong ashley#keepthefaith bro I'll remember all you guys in my prayers.

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  3. IM BEGGING GOD THAT THIS PRINCE IS ALIVE.......THIS SADD AND HEARTBREAKING STORY NEEDS A SILVER LINING......

    PLEASE JAH MOST HIGH LET THIS BABY BOY BE ALIVE!!!!

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  4. And to those who commented something about violence and Lord put a hand for crime...y'all heard or probably can safely assume it was a sea adventure gone bad and nothing to do with crime...these comments are under a news article of the same story as above...rip old man...although I wish for the recovery off the kid...I fear the worst has happened

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  5. This is heartbreaking. I pray that by some miracle that Tyree is found alive and safe. May the grandfather rest in peace..My heart goes out to the family.

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  6. I pray Tyree is found safe & well, but my sympathy for the lost of the Grandad. May he RIP. God being back Tyree safe & well to his parents. I live in hope.

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  7. O boy. So very sad. I can imagine what this man is going through. Help him o lord through his troubles and trials. Hold on strong my brother.

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  8. This story sent chills through me as I have a 7 year old son who loves the water. May God be with the family at this time of suffering.

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  9. Oh no ! Poor child ,Poor grand dad must have try his best to save themselfs.To the family of prentrice be strong and I pray that you all find comfort in God.RIP little tyree and Grandad.

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  10. This is why it's so important to learn how to swim. I'm going to make an assumption and say that they were not wearing life vests. Take all precautions people. Respect the water. Unexpected things can happen at any time. Better to be safe than sorry. Hope the little boy miraculously turns up.

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  11. Keep the faith Ashley...God is in control. My prayers are for a safe recovery of your son Tyree..may your grand father's soul rest in peace.

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  12. I got chills reading this...I pray that this little boy is found safe and sound, so he can reunite with his family. May God give the family strength as they deal with this sudden death..

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