A relative of Scott Atkins, the 18-year-old male who is being tortured in several viral videos by alleged Venezuelan drug cartel members, is still not sure if the teen is alive despite recent activity on the his Facebook profile page.
The teen’s social media page shows a number of updates – changes in cover and profile photos – between August 21, 2017 and September 6, 2017. Several photos show him posing with known individuals in Saint Lucia.
According to relatives, they have no evidence that the teen is in St. Lucia – or even alive. They believe it is possible that someone, other than Scott, has access to his Facebook profile.
When St. Lucia News Online asked how Scott Atkins is doing, the relative replied: “…. You must be asking because of recent activities on his account? I have no idea what’s going on.”
The relative, whose name is not being used in this story for security reasons, said neither the Atkins’ mother or sisters have spoken to him directly in recent times.
Asked if the photos posted on his profile are old or new photos, the relative said: “I don’t know. They look like photos that were taken in Trinidad when he first went up.”
The relative said the last time the family has heard from the teen’s alleged captors was in July 2017.
“We have not heard from anyone since the last voice note … asking to remove the video off social media,” the relative said.
Relatives alleged that Atkins, who is originally from Desruisseaux, Micoud, was kidnapped in February 2017 while on “business” in Trinidad and brought to Venezuela where he was held hostage.
Relatives further alleged that the gang claims it is owed over $130,000 USD and if this is not paid, they will kill the St. Lucian teen.
In a number of videos obtained by relatives, Atkins is being beaten while he begs a “Shawn” to pay his captors because they will kill him.
St. Lucia police had confirmed that they have seen the video and are carrying out investigations.
It is still unclear if the ransom was paid and local police had said they were unable to authenticate the videos.