DEAD OR ALIVE? Four months later relatives of Linus Constantine still awaiting forensic results

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DEAD OR ALIVE? Four months later relatives of Linus Constantine still awaiting forensic results
Linus Constantine
Linus Constantine, chairman of St. Lucia Youth Talk

Mother of missing youth leader Linus Constantine has expressed disgust and frustration, stating that she is fed up with the way in which her son’s matter is being dealt with by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

Constantine, who is originally from Foriesterre, Castries and is known to stay at three different homes, was reported missing by relatives on April 27 after they were told he had not been seen for weeks.

Constantine was last known to be staying by a friend in Corinth, Gros Islet. A decomposed body found on Marisule beach on April 15 is believed to be that of  Constantine, but only forensic tests could confirm that.

Juliana Goolaman told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview today that it is exactly four months since her son – chairman of St. Lucia Youth Talk – went missing and she has reached a point where she is no longer confident that the RSLPF could solve the case.

“I don’t have words to say how I feel. I don’t even know how to say how I feel. I am so fed up, is like I can just scream… to see for so long. Maybe if they were saying something to me I don’t mind, but the fact is they have nothing to say is really getting to me,” Goolaman told SNO.

The distraught mother said as recent as last Tuesday, August 19, she made contact with the officer in charge of the case to do a follow-up on the matter and was told that they are still awaiting the forensic results.

Goolaman said efforts were made by both Constantine’s father and her daughter to meet with security officials to bring some closure to the matter; however those attempts proved futile.

“It seems that it has been falling on deaf ears,” the mother told SNO.

Police Press Officer Aniel Innocent, in a recent comment, said another sample was sent to the forensic lab for testing. However, she was not able to provide a date when these tests could be completed.

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  1. So if it takes so long to identify the dead body, will they even be able to investigate a possible homicide? And what if the body does not belong to Linus? Now they have an unidentified body and a missing kid.

    smh. We need some serious CSI down here

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  2. It's funny how St. Lucians know everything when it comes to police cases....some are so quick to judge the police, some are forensic experts by the minute, some become so versed on DNA, you know why don't you guys STFU and let the investigation take it's course. We are so quick to find answers that we fail to allow an investigation to take it's course...and then we say POLICE does nothing for us..The Hell!! We don't we take our damn time before we start blaming those who are clearly not responsible...that's why some of us do not get answers to our questions...it's because nou twor pwaysay!!!

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  3. Stop blaming the police they don't work at the lab. The police have done their part and the lab must do theirs if they know they cannot do the test send the samples oversees.

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  4. One have to understand. ...that a lot of these Policemen are not Educated......Educationally, Spiritual, and on the Reality of the Outside World......Most of Them their Attitude is so very Unprofessional it's Unbelievable.....Just so Sad....I don't see this Stigma is going to get better anytime some......for 1. They don't get Disciplined for Unprofessional Behavior. ....

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  5. For a standard paternity test you should expect to receive your results within approximately five working days. Express paternity tests range from 12 to 72 hours from receipt of the samples. A standard sibling test takes approximately one week. Other tests, such as those involving forensic samples may take longer but maximum three weeks.

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  6. We have a building that we call a forensic lab but in reality, there seem to have nothing happening there. Can any one tell me who are the experts that runs this so called lab. How many murders has this so called lab helped to solve. All we have is a monument, called a lab, but there is no lab, if it doesn't serve it purpose. There is a difference in a dream and the realty ,except if that dream is your reality, but we can make some of our dreams become a reality. This Lab is only a dream

    A typical crime lab has two sets of personnel:
    Field analysts - investigators that go to crime scenes, collect evidence, and process the scene. Job titles include: Forensic evidence technician
    Crime scene investigator
    Scenes of crime officer (SOCO)

    Laboratory analysts - scientists or other personnel who run tests on the evidence once it is brought to the lab (i.e., DNA tests, or bullet striations). Job titles include: Forensic Technician (performs support functions such as making reagents)
    Forensic Scientist/Criminalist (performs scientific analyses on evidence)
    Fingerprint Analyst
    Forensic Photographer
    Forensic Document Examiner
    Forensic Entomologist

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  7. wow.... well cant the lab give an estimate of the time the results should take? i mean the lady has being crying out for so long... the police already gave their input.. cant someone from the lab ease her mind at least? someone can come explain the whole procedure you too.. communication is best...choops

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  8. Isn't it obvious. The public need once and for all to call the Ministry responsible for the forensic lab to order and to account.

    Its case after case and the same story. What about the bones discovered in Choiseul some time ago? Is the authorities really able to run that lab

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  9. Wow! That says a lot for crime fighting. 4 months??? tells me the person or persons responsible will never be brought to justice. Was it easier getting the forensics for the charred remains in the burnt vehicle up in Cap??? or the Gobats pulled all strings possible to get forensic results???

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  10. My heart goes out to the distraught mother. St. Lucians police dont give a damn only care bout getting paid and beer bellies

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  11. Damn! We can't invest in the necessary forensic facilities to curtail one of our major social ills; crime. However, millions are pumped into the annual execution of our morality, also known as Carnival, in a heartbeat. But our priorities are in order, won't you say? Smdh!

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  12. the young man was youth leader, god damn , that is the message to young people even in our death there still no justice , sorry people this really hit home because i can only imagine if that was me how my mother would have taken it, people we talking a non criminal , nah that eh right ....... the tears..........

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  13. yeah boy i have so much faith in our police,b.s. this is sad , you'll talk about serve and protect... and to the senior officers in the hierarchy of the force even if you'll resign and run, unlike diplomats remember there no diplomatic immunity for you'll idiots. those of you that have sense stop shielding the senior officers because there is alot more shit to come out.... and to senior officer whom is makes routine to be in the presence of the notorious criminal from Monchy be very careful one day the bolum in the house will not make you leave house...

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    • don't blame the Police, It's the minister in charge,sitting there doing nothing, Mayers was doing better...

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