Strange death

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HOW DID HE DIE? Police personnel, as well as members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, gather in the gully and atop the bridge as the body of 50-year-old farmer and construction worker of Roehampton, St James, Raymond Deans, was fished from the waters in the North Gully at the intersection of Harbour Street and Embassy Place. Deans was originally admitted as a patient at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. KT Photo

Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter

It is still a mystery to the police and relatives of 50-year-old farmer and construction worker, Raymond Deans of Roehampton district in South St. James, as to what could have led to his death, after his body was fished from waters in the North Gully below the bridge at the intersection of Harbour Street and Embassy Place in Montego Bay on Sunday morning.   

Deans was said to have been admitted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital since Wednesday, after complaining of Dengue-like symptoms. He was later confirmed to have the virus. Now, however, questions are emerging as to how he could have ended up in the gully below the bridge.

Raymond Deans

Police reports are that about 8:20 a.m., residents saw the body submerged in the water and summoned the lawmen. On their arrival, the scene was processed and the body which was clad in a white T-shirt, plaid pants and a pair of red and black slippers, was removed to the morgue for post mortem.

Reports gleaned by the Western Mirror are that Deans went to the Cornwall Regional Hospital to seek medical attention after complaining of dengue-like symptoms, and was subsequently admitted for observation and treatment.

He is reported to have asked a relative to pick up his car from the hospital premises.

Deans’ relatives are said to be baffled as to how he ended up in the gully under the bridge as they are unaware that he was discharged from the medical facility and are questioning how he could have left the facility without anyone knowing.

Reports indicate that he wandered from the hospital’s premises, made his way into down town Montego Bay, and fell over the bridge to his death.

Deans is said to be married and the father of two children and a member of the Normandy Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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