(CNS): UPDATED – The police appeal to the public to find two people who may have seen what happened to 14-year-old Risco Yaris Batten, who died swimming at the beach last year near South Sound Cemetery has paid off. The RCIPS said the couple had come forward following the release of images showing them near the water’s edge with a blue canoe.
Batten was pulled from the sea and CPR efforts by police at the scene were unsuccessful in reviving him.
Following a review of the case detectives believe there were more people in the area on Sunday 29 November who may have information that could help. Police asked for the man and woman to come forward or anyone who knows them to help officers make contact with the couple, who may have been visiting the island.
“Often witnesses may have seen something that they don’t even realize is of significance and this may be the case with this couple,” said Kurt Walton, Deputy Commissioner of Police. “Given the fact that many people are here on island only certain times of year, we are taking the opportunity of the one year anniversary of this incident to try to reach them, in case they have some information that can bring some clarity to this tragic incident.”
Melbourne Batten, Risco’s father, said the year had been one of grief and sadness.
“What could help us most through this difficult time is fully understanding what happened. If you know how to reach the people in these pictures, or if you were there that day, or if you have any other information, please call the police,” he urged.
Detectives can be reached at 936-8746 or at George Town Police Station on 949-4222.
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