Body of missing 7-year-old washes ashore

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The partially decomposed body of the seven-year-old who was swept away by waves while swimming with her sibling and cousin behind the Guyana Marriott Hotel more than a week ago, washed ashore over the weekend.

 Dead: Jayleena Titus

This was confirmed by Onecia Henry, the mother of the now dead Jayleena Titus, of Lot 29 Second Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, who told this publication that her daughter’s body washed up at the Ruimzeight foreshore, on the West Coast of Demerara.

INews had reported that on August 26, 2017, Titus left home in the company of her father, Richard Titus, her 10-year-old brother and her 8-year-old cousin to visit the location, something they frequently did.

Titus’ mother, Onecia Henry had said that according to her 10-year-old son, the three children were playing close to the water behind the Hotel, while his father was some distance away.

The young boy recalled that he continuously warned his sister and cousin against going closer to the water. However, he found himself having to run after his younger sister numerous times as she kept disregarding his warnings.

The tearful mother recalled that her son told her that at around 17:00hrs, as he and his cousin were playing; he noticed that Jayleena was not around. After scanning the area for several minutes, the young child recounted seeing his sister being swept away by the strong water currents.

“He tell me how he run in the water and try fuh grab she hand but the waves deh too strong. Then he seh he should fuh he cousin and told him to ‘call daddy! Call daddy! Look the wave gone with Jayleena!’” the distraught mother of four had said to this online publication.

It was further relayed that upon arriving, the father jumped into the water in an attempt to save his youngest child. However, this proved futile.

The matter was reported at the Alberttown Police Station, then at the Brickdam Police Station and a search for Jayleena Titus was launched.

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