Missing cousins unlikely to have broken camp – former co-worker says

A former co-worker of Odel Downer and Winston Johashen, the Berbice cousins who have been reported missing after nearly a month with no word from them from the interior, has disputed claims by a mining camp supervisor that the two young men absconded from their work site.

The mothers of Odel Downer and Winston Johashen, are still searching for their sons as they are yet to receive any word on their whereabouts.

According to Merlyn Downer, mother of Odel, promises have been made by the police that radio messages would be sent into the interior. In the meantime, the mothers said they will continue commuting between George-town and Berbice to gain more media coverage to help them find their sons.

Odel Downer
Odel Downer
Winston Johashen
Winston Johashen

Odel Downer, of Number 8 Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB) and Winston Johashen, of Number 9 Village, WCB, both 20, had begun working at 14 Mile, Issano as miners only about three months ago before their disappearance sometime in May.

When contact was made late last week with the supervisor at the mining camp, the mothers were informed that the youths had “broken camp” and left in the middle of the night, never to be seen since.

A former co-worker of the boys, who asked to remain unnamed, believes the story of them breaking camp to be very unlikely. The man had left the camp about three weeks ago and both of the young men had still been there, he said.

“No transportation is available in the middle of the night and it’s extremely hazardous to travel during the night,” the man said. He continued, “There are animals and lots of bush; you can’t even see your hands in front of your face. It’s totally strange; nobody would leave there in the middle of the night,” he maintained.

The supervisor of the camp, who had offered the explanation of the boys’ disappearances to the mothers, was unreachable for a comment. However, the mothers believed that he should be held responsible for their sons. “You can’t just sit and hear from other workers that two persons break camp and you ain’t do nothing to see exactly what happened,” the mothers lamented.

 

More in Local News

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Colin Rodney

    Cop charged with taking bribes

  2. A police officer attempts to escort Rushelle Gittens out of the court compound

    Woman threatens to kill cop at city court complex

  3. Marisha Bowen

    Bahamian man charged with killing Guyanese teacher

  4. Citizens fleeing country due to crime, IAC says

  5. Tricia Loo

    East Canje woman jailed over cocaine in suitcases

  6. 15-year-old charged with murdering suspect in sister’s abuse

  7. Jean Rodrigues

    Woman shot in crossfire between cop, fleeing bandit

  8. Linda, the mother of the suspect, displaying his football gear and accolades in a bid to prove his innocence in front of the Brickdam Police Station.

    Mother turns in alleged suspect in market shooting

  9. Amir Oren

    American Amir Oren at the helm as SCS readies to roll out parking meters


Recommended For You