The dead body of a man was found on the outskirts of Punta Gorda in the Toledo district. Senior correspondent Paul Mahung has the story.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: The remains of a missing person have been identified in Punta Gorda. Information last Thursday at around 11:15 a.m. revealed that police had been called to an area where a decaying human body was found in a bushy area about a quarter of a mile from PG San Antonio Road near where the Forest border signs were Home and Elridgeville four and a half miles from Punta Gorda. With information that a decomposing body was found in Toledo, a concerned family member, Tyron Garcia of Independence Village, visited the Punta Gorda police over the weekend and reported that his younger brother Shawn Garcia was missing. Love News caught up with a family member in Independence Tyron Garcia who spoke of his younger brother Shawn.
Tyron Garcia, Bother
Tyron Garcia, trouble: “Shawn, he loved doing sports. He loved fishing. He did everything for the family. He was recently released from prison. He spent about a year and one coincidence, he came out on February 18th and in March he told me he was going to Punta Gorda to spend a week and I haven’t heard from him since he left. He didn’t even call me or anything, when I heard Paul Mahung on the news describing the clothes, I thought of my brother and immediately went to the Punta Gorda Police Station and checked the body. When I went upstairs to check the body, the first thing I saw was the shirt and told the police that it was my brother. “
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Do you have any idea why someone wanted to harm your brother?
Tyron Garcia, Bother: “I don’t know, sir.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: What would you say to someone who likely murdered your brother?
Tyron Garcia, trouble: “Well, I just have to leave that to the good Lord. “
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: With police assistance in Punt, Gorda Tyron was shown and identified the clothing and skeletal remains that he firmly believes are those of his missing brother Shawn, who is survived by his brother Tyron and three adult sisters. Family members have been informed that Shawn Garcia’s remains will be sent to a forensic laboratory for DNA testing.
The police are investigating the circumstances that led to Garcia’s death. According to Deputy Superintendent Joseph Myvett, the family did not file a missing person report until the body was found.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of the National Crime Investigation Department
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crime Investigation Department: “The police were called to an area in Bridgeville just before noon and they found human remains in some bushes. We have since conducted an investigation. Several items of clothing were found near the remains. We are following what is believed to be an Oscar Garcia who lived somewhere in Independence Village at this point. I have to say that until yesterday there was no official report or missing person report for which the family could not give us an explanation, as the remains definitely appear to have been outside for over a month and no missing person report has been made. We are told that if this is the young man he was released from prison sometime in March and then lived with a relative in that area in Independence Village. The procedure is that even though these garments were found, a DNA sample had to be taken, which I think is being done right now, and then we have to wait for the results of that DNA to determine whether or not this is actually or actually that Person who is said to be that person. The autopsy will definitely more or less determine the time of death when this person died. “