Old woman’s skele­tal re­mains found in house

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - OKOYE HENRY STAR Writer

Fol­low­ing the discovery of the skele­tal re­mains of an el­derly woman at her home in the Chatham district, St James, on Mon­day, res­i­dents are up­set that help did not ar­rive sooner.

The re­mains of for­mer dress­maker Daz­er­ine Clarke, 77, was found in­side her small board dwelling where she lived alone.

The discovery was made by a fe­male friend who vis­its the el­derly woman ev­ery month to check up on her well-be­ing be­cause she had a ma­jor heart prob­lem, and other life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

THE STAR un­der­stands that upon dis­cov­er­ing the re­mains, the woman raised an alarm and got the at­ten­tion of the res­i­dents as well as the Adel­phi po­lice.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the law­men dis­cov­ered that some of the bones, in­clud­ing Clarke’s skull, were miss­ing.

The skull and other miss­ing bones were even­tu­ally found on Tues­day, fol­low­ing fur­ther checks of the area. Some of these bones were even said to be in the pos­ses­sion of dogs that kept her com­pany.

Res­i­dents, how­ever, were quick to crit­i­cise Clarke’s fam­ily mem­bers, who they claimed had aban­doned the ail­ing woman, who has lived alone in the small house since 2008.

They be­lieved that Clarke did not de­serve such an end.

“It is down­right ne­glect from the fam­ily be­cause none of her seven chil­dren come visit her de­spite know­ing her con­di­tion, and even to say have some­one look­ing af­ter her,” ex­plained one John Seivwright, who was her care­giver for sev­eral years.

“She is a heart pa­tient, and is from July 31 the daugh­ter fi carry her to KPH (Kingston Pub­lic Hospi­tal). A just to­day (Wed­nes­day), she come af­ter her mother done dead. We carry her (Clarke) go doc­tor from July 31 at Fal­mouth. A me take care of her. She have a whole fam­ily liv­ing in the neigh­bour­ing district, and not even wa­ter them would a come give her. She come a trust things at the shop, [and] a me have to pay for it,” he added. Seivwright noted that he was out of town for more than a week and only got back on the day when Clarke was dis­cov­ered.

Other res­i­dents claim that they last saw Clarke close to two weeks ago, and she was barely able to walk.

“No­body did a come visit her. Some­time I would see her down the road and she a bawl fi help be­cause she walk with a stick and lean. Other times I give her money to buy some­thing at the shop to cook. I feel bad,” said one man, who gave his name as ‘Ster­ling’.

THE STAR tried to get a re­sponse from fam­ily mem­bers, but they de­clined to give a com­ment.

The Adel­phi po­lice said that the mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, but they do not sus­pect any foul play at this time.

A post-mortem is now pend­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

Daz­er­ine Clarke

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