Police await DNA test results to confirm if burnt remains are missing man
Almost one month after burnt human remains were discovered at Yarrowkabra on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, investigators are awaiting the results of DNA samples sent overseas for testing.
The results will be used of confirmed if it is Marc Melville who went missing in August,
“The DNA testing is the only thing that can confirm, we are waiting on that result,” Regional Commander (ag) Mahendra Singh told the News Room on Friday.
Samples of blood found at a residence and business place in the area will also enable investigators to determine if the blood also belongs to the missing man.
A man and his wife who owned the premises were arrested in the initial stages of the investigation and have since been released.
In the meantime, the family of Melville believes the burnt remains are that of the missing man.
On Sunday, September 4, 2022, the burnt remains were discovered by a few young boys from the area who reported it to their parents.
The police were contacted and a probe was launched.
The remains were burnt beyond recognition but several items including a knife and keys were positively identified as Melville’s.
Melville, a 47-year-old welder and father of seven children of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, went missing on August 28.
His mother, Avira Melville, had told the News Room that she recognised the knife as her son’s and that the keys opened his bedroom door.
But investigators will await the results of the tests before confirming the identity of the remains.
A reliable source had told the News Room that investigators believe the person was killed elsewhere and then taken to the location, stuffed into a suitcase, and then burnt.
Additionally, a pair of black, gold, and white Air Jordan sneakers was found attached to the right leg bone while part of the skull appeared to have a chop wound.