Mother of missing youth leader speaks out; DNA testing underway to determine identity of decomposed body

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Mother of missing youth leader speaks out; DNA testing underway to determine identity of decomposed body
Linus Constantine
Linus Constantine

The mother of missing 18-year-old youth leader Linus Constantine has said she contacted the police about her son’s disappearance last week Friday, April 25 but claimed she was not provided with a missing person report form because none was available at the time.

In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this afternoon, Juliana Goolaman said she is angry that media reports have suggested that Constantine’s family was aware he has been missing for two weeks and did not make it public until over the weekend – even after an unidentified decomposed body was discovered in Marisule, Gros Islet on April 15.

Police Information Officer Aniel Innocent told SNO today that despite her appeals via numerous media outlets since the body was discovered on Apri 15, no one came forward previously. However, Goolaman dismissed this statement, suggesting that someone did not do their job in the police department.

The mother further emphasised that the unidentified body has not yet been confirmed to be that of her son – or not. The mother said any information suggesting that the body is that of her son is inaccurate.

Goolaman however confirmed that she, along with Constantine’s father, gave “DNA mouth swabs” to the police this morning. According to the mother, she was told that the results may be ready in one or two weeks.

She also gave an explanation regarding Constantine’s sudden disappearance.

Goolaman said her son, who is originally from Foriesterre, Castries, has “three homes” and that he was last known to be staying by a friend in Corinth, Gros Islet. As a result, Goolaman said she did not suspect anything was wrong when he had not been seen in Foriesterre for sometime. However, when efforts were made to get in touch with him late last week, she said relatived learned that he had not been seen for about two weeks at either of the three “homes”.

Armed with that information, Goolaman said she called the police on Friday morning, April 25 and inquired if the police had received any information about her son’s whereabouts or if anyone had made any report of a missing person. She said she visited the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the afternoon to make an official missing person report but claimed no forms were available.

“I sat there for 45 minutes and they could not find a report form to give me,” she said.

Goolaman however disclosed that the police wrote the information she gave.

St. Lucia News Online broke news of Constantine’s disappearance on Sunday, April 27 after a report was posted on Facebook by Constantine’s sister Mindy Chicot.

Chicot’s post, which was published on her profile on Saturday, April 26 with a photo of her brother, stated: “Hi everyone, this is my brother Linus Y. Constantine. He has been missing for approximately two weeks now. He is a former student of the Leon Hess Comprehensive School and the Chairman of St. Lucia Youth Talk. If anyone has been in contact with him, or has seen him recently please inbox me with details or contact me on telephone number 285-5066. Please any information would be useful. Thank you.”

Chicot also published a missing poster which went viral on the social networking site.

In response to Chicot’s social media post, several person advised her to contact the police regarding the decomposing body that was discovered on the Marisule beach in Gros Islet on Tuesday, April 15 about 2 p.m. The body is yet to be identified.

Police said the body, which is that of a young male, was found covered with a sheet by a female passerby.

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  1. I remember the first time I met Linus 2 years ago. The man was stranded by Choc beach and had no means of getting home at Forestierre. I ended up offering him to crash on my couch until morning. I believe he was only 17 back then. I found it odd that he accepted my offer after meeting me only hours before. He was a very polite, intelligent and ambitious young man, so I felt no danger having him stay at my home. What I did discover was that he had basically grown up way to fast and did not really have a permanent residence. He was bouncing around several homes.

    I think parents should be more responsible for their kids. I know he is legally an adult, but no good parent or family member should wait 2 weeks before reporting any family member, regardless of their age, missing.

    I hope that he is okay somewhere and will return home safely.

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  2. Too many homes does put us in lots of problems. A child only needs one home n thats his parents home not

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  3. She said she visited the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the afternoon to make an official missing person report but claimed no forms were available.

    “I sat there for 45 minutes and they could not find a report form to give me,” she said."

    Can you imagine what this mother is going through? CID couldn't even provide her with a missing person's form? Wouldn't copies be on file? SMH. What a shame!

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  4. This story just screams dysfunctional from all parties involved. Firstly, a child is missing for 2 weeks irrespective of the fact that he has 10 homes, how can ONE not realise that he has gone missing. This shows that the said mother is not in communication with her kids on the daily. Secondly, even after numerous broadcasts were made about a missing body not one word. I understand that you may not want to accept that reality but sadly we all hv to at some point. Thirdly, how can one visit the police to ask whether they had received info on ur missing son when no one had made prior attempts to contact the police. in all fairness the police cannot babysit our children that's our jobs. On the other hand, making a report after 2 weeks of being gone how could a form hinder a report. the same info could have been written on a wall with charcoal and still be effective. Most times the adults we expect to take steps to shelter our children are the same ones who help dig their eventual graves.
    At this point I hope there's some sort of closure to the situation and that everyone stop pointing fingers. In my humble opinion that whole issue stems from all the social ills plaguing our society today.

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  5. I guess if we had to catch a murdrer or an associate then they would have been long gone. Eh? Thats how we say that we implement laws and depend on a a premise that the law will do something. Idiotic Prime Minister. A law cannot function on its own we need competent enforcers and investigators. Got any from Venezuela that we could use or perhaps render some assitance to our force. Fools, they are all fools.

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  6. Dysfunctional , I hope we all learn from this , as for the delay in a form...smh.... I hope the info was delivered too CID by word of mouth once the report was made ... We are still a developing nation dealing with first world problems..... We need to seriously consider a third forth and even fifth look at our police force, we need to seriously invest in them or else our citizens and visitors are doom, as we are seeing crime does not discriminate . Government and opposition put down swords and do something,not another pointless meeting , this only time I will support the use of a consultant and please someone who knows what they doing..... But on another note, just-us minister I thought you were on vacation 1 death of the upper class and three ministers on tv giving remarks , well at least later is better than never...I guess that what we deserve.

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  7. Why don't they question the frend he waz staying by in Corinth?At least they cud give a discription of the boys' clothing wen he waz last scene or something.

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  8. Now the family gave an explanation and all those who criticized the family in a previous story cannot comment on this one at all? Huh....!!!!

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  9. It is sad that parents do not know their kids where abouts it does not matter the gender we have to know where our kids are. I think st lucia should change the age of consent to 21 years old. My heart goes out to the young man's siblings. May God continue to protect and guide you always.

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    • Letting people know your whereabouts can even save a life. Adults too must practice the habit of informing their significant others or neighbors without thinking for one moment that people just want to know (must not know) their business. We must try to instill this habit in both immediate and extended family members but it may not be easy and it does not always work.

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      • oh babes i just chilling with the jabal, give me a shout if anything.....

        i can see that going down well.

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        • lol. or the hubby even if he's with said jabal, can give another excuse. At least the wife will know he's alive and accounted for.
          On a serious note, letting people know of your whereabouts throughout the day is a good idea and good practice. AT least someone will know if you are missing in a short space of time and won't have to wait until a week or two to know you have not been seen.

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    • Well said chica. The consent age in my house is 21. It was with my daughter who is now 30 and it is with my son who is 18 and they know that. We have to be strict and set ground rules. My son gets bothered when I keep track of him but I don't care. It is my duty to do so. I bought the phone he has. I put money on it. I call whenever I want and he better tell me where he is and with whom. He does not have a choice. We need to tighten the leash on our kids. Strength to the young man's family.

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  10. If this mom is telling the truth,then the police department is in competent. A mom made a report that her son was missing,told u where her was last seen,a body was dicovered not to far from where he was last seen in the north,so why the info about the body wasn't related to his mom. So sad. God be with her and her family if its her son may he rest in eternal peace and if it's not the thank god and hope he get home safe

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  11. No more comments about the government and his family. People are to quick to judge, I hope all is well with him.

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