Reonol Williams’ probe: Cops to seek legal advice, DNA samples to be sent overseas


Once the investigation into the death of Reonol Williams is complete, the Guyana Police Force will seek legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions on the way forward, according to Police Headquarters.

Following an autopsy on Wednesday, samples were taken from the remains of the 50-year-old man to “independently and evidentially” confirm that the decomposed body found in a trench at Coldingen on the East Coast of Demerara on Tuesday, is indeed that of Williams.

The autopsy revealed that Williams died as a result of multiple injuries due to a motor vehicle accident, according to the police report.

Williams was struck down on the Enmore Public Road, ECD, just after midnight on May 22. The owner of the car (PAB 2552) has since confessed to dumping the man’s body in the trench at Coldingen.

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told the News Room on Tuesday evening that, the suspect identified as Daniel Melbourne, a musician of Ann’s Grove, provided all the details to investigators and then led them to the location on Tuesday where Williams’ body was recovered.

According to the Crime Chief, the suspect told police that after he struck down Williams, he was on his way to the hospital with him in the car when he noticed he became motionless.

Daniel Melbourne

As a result, he stopped his vehicle at a bridge in Coldingen and dumped the body into the trench, after which he abandoned his car, took a taxi, and went home and told his mother that his vehicle was missing. He then instructed her to report it to the police.

According to the Crime Chief, the suspect also admitted that the initial information he provided to the police about him being in the interior at the time of the accident was false.

An aerial shot of the body being removed from the location (Photo: June 7, 2022)

The suspect’s car was found without license plates at the back of Haslington on May 23rd with traces of blood inside. Melbourne was initially arrested by the police but was released on station bail while Williams’ family continued to search for him for two weeks.

He was rearrested by ranks of the Major Crimes Department on Tuesday.

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