Police said a woman who was held on suspicion of extortion in connection with the disappearance of 83-year-old Gros Islet resident Cletus Hippolyte, will not be charged.
Relatives said Hippolyte, also known as ‘Banana Split’, was last seen alive in the Gros-Islet area sometime between Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27.
The case took a mysterious twist about two weeks later when a male, claiming to have information about Hippolyte, took a number of items, including cash, from the missing man’s family, according to reliable sources.
The male made contact after telephone numbers of the missing man’s relatives were published in the media, sources said.
The male requested boat fuel, a cell phone, clothing, food, water, medication, and top-ups. He also requested that the items be dropped off at a location in Dennery.
A woman collected the items, including the cell phone, but days later leads went cold.
However, relatives were informed that a young female was arrested in Soufriere on suspicion of extortion after police tracked the cell phone the family provided, sources said.
Police Press Officer Corporal Ann Joseph told a press briefing on Tuesday that no charges would be laid against the Soufriere woman.
Investigations, however, continue into the elderly man’s disappearance.