The mother of missing 18-year-old youth leader Linus Constantine has said she was denied a meeting with National Security Minister Victor Phillip La Corbiniere and other senior security officials.
Goolaman told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today (July 1) that her daughter had made a request on her behalf to meet with La Corbiniere during the first week of June. A date was set for the meeting, but it was cancelled two hours before the meeting.
The distraught mother said she recently made another request to meet with Crime Chief Frances Henry, but was told that only the officer in charge of the case can assist with that. The officer is however on annual leave and the case file has not been passed onto someone else. The crime chief is also on annual leave.
A few weeks earlier, Goolaman also requested to meet with Commissioner of Police Vernon Francois. The woman said she visited the commissioner’s officer herself and was asked to leave a number and a name. However, she was never contacted by anyone regarding that request. A follow-up was done, but with no positive response.
Goolaman told SNO that she continues to get push-around by police officials whenever she tries to get an update into the DNA reports, regarding her son’s case.
“I don’t know if they have something to hide or what is taking them so long to get the results, but every time I call they don’t know anything…nobody knows anything, they never know and that’s what I get every time I call,” she added.
In a previous interview, Goolaman had accused the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) of playing “cat and mouse “with the investigation into her missing son.
Goolaman said she wants some closure to the issue and is urging the police force to fast-track the test. DNA samples were taken from Goolaman and Constantine’s father for testing to determine whether the body found on the Marisule beach matches him.
Since April 28 relatives of the missing teen were told that the results would be ready. However, to date no information regarding this investigation has been revealed or discussed with the family.
Constantine was officially reported missing on April 27. He is originally from Foriesterre, Castries but had three homes. He was last known to be staying by a friend in Corinth, Gros Islet.