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Ahead of a press conference by the relatives of the Henry cousins, police early Tuesday morning announced a $3M reward for information on their killers.
Relatives are expected to criticize the police’s investigation at the news conference today.
In a statement, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) noted that investigations into the murders of Joel Henry, Isaiah Henry and Haresh Singh are ongoing.
“Police investigators are diligently exploring every possible lead to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice and the GPF is therefore appealing to the general public to continue to assist in this effort,” the release stated.
“As such, the GPF hereby announces that a reward in the sum of G$3,000,000.00 (three million Guyana dollars) is being offered to any person or persons who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of these gruesome murders.”
Any such person or persons may please contact the GPF on the following telephone numbers:
225-6411, 226-6978, 225-8196, 226-1326, 225-2227, 225-3650, 225-7625, 227-1149, 232-0291, 232-0213, 330-2222, 911, or the nearest Police Station.
In this regard, the GPF assures the general public that all information received will be treated with the strictest of confidence in these ongoing investigations.
Village Voice Guyana reported on Sunday that the much vaunted DNA results taken from murdered West Coast Berbice teens, Isaiah and Joel Henry have returned to Guyana but do not match any of the suspects previously arrested by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for questioning.
On Friday, Attorney representing the families of the teens, Nigel Hughes, was briefed on the results of the DNA samples which recently returned from St. Lucia.
Based on the dead ends thus far; the strategies of the GPF; and the limited effort of the State to assist, Hughes told the Village Voice that he is not optimistic that, at this pace, the gruesome crime will be solved.
“The DNA results proved negative. This is DNA they took off of a cigarette butt that was found at one of the locations where they suspect that the bodies had been and that came back negative for any of the suspects they had arrested,” Hughes updated.
“Essentially, they have no leads really. None. On behalf of the family — apart from deeply disappointed — our skepticism about the enthusiasm of the Guyana Police Force to solve this crime has been significantly increased. Personally, I’m not only skeptical, I’m reaching the stage where I don’t believe that there is a resolve to solve this. I don’t believe that the necessary commitment to resolve this is there.”
Pressed by the media days ago for an update on the investigation, President Irfaan Ali said that the Regional Security System (RSS) — invited by the Government to help solve the crime — had urged the GPF to do more work but were otherwise pleased with the current performance.
“I have not seen a copy of it but I have been briefed on the content of it and what I’ve been told is that the RSS did some work, they recommended some additional work to be done. But, in total, they were satisfied with the work the local police have been doing,” he told reporters.