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Search for missing man ends in tragedy

The search for missing man Christopher Hawkesworth has ended in tragedy.

The body of the 54-year-old resident of 29 Rock Dundo Heights, St Michael was discovered by police officers on patrol in Bakers, St Peter after five o’clock Saturday evening. Hawkesworth’s motionless body was found in the front passenger’s seat of a car parked off the road in a wooded area.

He was last seen alive by his wife at 7 a.m. Friday when he left home in  a hired car to take his children to school.

At the time he was wearing a dark blue dirty denim jeans, burnt orange polo shirt, and tan, red and off-white shoes.

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Christopher Hawkesworth

Two years ago Hawkesworth was accused of involvement in an illegal drugs ring and faced extradition to the United States. However,  in a dramatic turn, all charges against him and two other men — Sean Gaskin and John Wayne Scantlebury  — were dismissed and the trio released from HMP Dodds after spending two years in maximum security, ending  a ten year extradition hearing  — the longest in Barbados’ legal history.

It is understood that the Attorney General had issued an order for their release after the US Government informed local authorities that it was no longer interested  in prosecuting them.

The US had claimed that Hawkesworth, Gaskin and Scantlebury were part of a five-man ring that had attempted to import and distribute five kilos of cocaine into that country in July 2000.

It had also claimed the three were members of a Guyana-Barbados crime ring which an American drug agent penetrated between July and September 2000.

 

72 Responses to Search for missing man ends in tragedy

  1. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley October 2, 2016 at 4:46 am

    So sad RIP

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  2. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco October 2, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Bdos Today….seriously? “Hawkesworth was accused of drugs and…”. What about drugs? Drug use? Drugs possession? Drugs trafficking? Proofread man!

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward October 2, 2016 at 6:10 am

      I did remember that article with him and the drug trafficking it was in the papers actually

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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco October 2, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Reread my remark. It wasn’t disputing what he did or didn’t do. Unless they changed it after I wrote my post, they said he was accused of drugs. All I was saying is that it was incomplete. What about drugs was he accused of/for?

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward October 2, 2016 at 7:30 am

      But Juanita Blanco my thing is why did it had to come up now this isnt cool

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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco October 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

      Got ya fully about the grieving part but you know that it would have been mentioned at some point on because of the investigations going on into his death.

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward October 2, 2016 at 8:02 am

      True

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    • Shakela Lynch
      Shakela Lynch October 2, 2016 at 8:21 am

      This silly, stupid ass article wasn’t call for , no one cares anymore about people’s feelings, gosh man , just for a story wtf ,and because a paper says it is it true ? A man is innocent until proven guilty, God dad S.I.P. everyone will get they share …

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    • miche October 2, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Young lady, One can see that you did not read the editorial,but couldn’t wait to criticize the paper.
      some of you need to make sure that your brain is switched on before you put your mouths((Fingers on this occasion) in gear.

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  3. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward October 2, 2016 at 6:17 am

    But honestly though, was this necessary? To say what he was involved in? Or was that to sweeten the pot that he was involved in crime to make you story readable? Man look, the media aint easy hear. I did remember that case, but did it had to come here and now, the man just died cant his family especially his wife and kids mourn in peace, without having his previous past life being slashed over the media all over again. Do some of you reporters have a heart for families when they die? This is not cool at all, bringing up what his past life was about, the man just died show some respect stpzzzz.

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    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain October 2, 2016 at 6:24 am
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    • Steve Iso
      Steve Iso'lene Yarde October 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Tottaly agree,that is so disrespectful,distastefull and unwarranted

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward October 2, 2016 at 7:29 am

      This is not cool

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    • Shakela Lynch
      Shakela Lynch October 2, 2016 at 8:14 am

      I so agree I will always remember him as a very loving,carimg and sharing God Father, may he S.I.P and rise in glory ,and I hope justice will be served seriously, ya no when things hurt when it’s right at your doorstep, all this social media and marketing the wrong way I hope when their time comes they can deal with it ,smh ..

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    • Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin
      Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin October 2, 2016 at 8:16 am

      I agree with u they don’t know when where or how condolences to his family

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    • miche October 2, 2016 at 9:14 am

      It is in order to state how he lived….if nothing more,,it would open the eyes of you young people,to the fact that CRIME DOESN’T pay,,,that you are living a touch and go life wnen you involve yourselves in the illicit drug trade….

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    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar October 2, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Yes it is it called reporting and is done all over the world see nothing wrong with it it doesn’t mean God has not forgiven him and he can’t rip

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne October 2, 2016 at 10:08 am

      It is to provide context in relation to identifying him to people as to who he was. Without reference to the previous case, I was like “who?”

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    • Marc Goodridge
      Marc Goodridge October 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

      There is nothing wrong with how this story was reported.

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    • Marc Goodridge
      Marc Goodridge October 2, 2016 at 10:15 am

      He died from a gunshot would to the back of the head. Of course his drug past is relevant.

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    • Marc Goodridge
      Marc Goodridge October 2, 2016 at 10:15 am

      He died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Of course his drug past is relevant.

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    • Philip Clement
      Philip Clement October 2, 2016 at 10:29 am

      why is his pass relevant..?

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne October 2, 2016 at 10:30 am

      According to reports, he died execution style. It’s relevant.

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    • Shakela Lynch
      Shakela Lynch October 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Ohkk every one day will come , people to busy just to be in others business and don’t care until its them , anyone talking knows him , ever did ? Because the some heartless inhumanity creature wrote it means it’s true ? Stupessssssssssssssss, say waever , but i sure know do so don’t like so ,, like wth his pass gotta do wirh now ? Was he found guilty? And why people always quick to run with the negative?

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    • Frederick Husbands
      Frederick Husbands October 2, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Some persons really make me question their IQ levels, the past affects today’s actions and tomorrow’s too. Persons need to think of that before making decisions.

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    • Anne Ince
      Anne Ince October 2, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Its journalism…it was published that he was missing….so everyone is curious.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva October 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Stop being offered by the truth and learn how to accept it. The truth always eventually comes to light in one way or another. This article is the least of his families worries.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva October 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      *offended

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    • Shakela Lynch
      Shakela Lynch October 2, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Well helloooooo, miss what is the truth? Anyway each is to its own so keep talking, think what wanna like say what wanna want to , but remember it ain’t no lil sin or big sin , sin is sin tho and alot of bs people does reminisce about things that has nothing to do with them , but wth wanna is to mind wanna don’t ,so keep it up , tipical people that still have breath ..

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    • Ashanti Padilla
      Ashanti Padilla October 3, 2016 at 6:43 am

      You’re such a hypocrite. I remember when you had a lot to say about the guy who was killed outside of horseshoe.

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward October 3, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Who do you mean?

      Reply
  4. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 2, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Shocking and sad news all the same.

    Reply
  5. Hamza Bourne
    Hamza Bourne October 2, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Mafia good man dead

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  6. Kenille Wiltshire
    Kenille Wiltshire October 2, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Rip

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  7. Harry October 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

    why should he be treated differently than other victims? the loss of a life is always a tragic happening, but going by your reasoning the Press should cease to report all unnatural deaths.

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  8. mark Bishop October 2, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I don’t think that the media is trying to pull down he character, they just reminding the public who he was for those of you who may be saying that ‘I know this man, he face look like somebody i see already but just can’t remember where and when. Now so what if he was involved in drugs ? you can’t expect to lay with dogs and don’t catch fleas. You don’t think he wife knew what she was getting into when she married he ? and he children must know already because nothing don’t stop hush hush in Barbados for too long. I knew him for over twenty years, him and his brothers and they father, i sorry he dead that way and i offer my condolences to his family but don’t let we try to sugarcoat what he was or he brother Dave or Shane that pass on from this earth. That’s all i have to say.

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  9. Nashauny Armstrong
    Nashauny Armstrong October 2, 2016 at 7:52 am

    These media ppl just love history’s page. Let the past sleep na. My condolences to the Hawesworth family, R.I.P Chris.

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne October 2, 2016 at 10:10 am

      There is always the possibility the past may be a factor in the present.

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    • Frederick Husbands
      Frederick Husbands October 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Sometimes the past comes to collect. Or to repay.

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  10. M King October 2, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Heartless is dealing drugs witch not only directly affects the user but the whole society. Robbery, shootings, prostitution. Drug dealers are the enemy of civil society. There are no good devils here.

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  11. Phil October 2, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Jaunita Blanco, which should be Junita BLANK and Ashanda Coward….. Do not condemn Barbados today. They reported the FACTS as they would have received them … And yes I’m sorry for the family he leaves behind. But in this world, [things] happen. Continue your good work BT. .

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  12. first lady October 2, 2016 at 8:54 am

    The media is not easy. People never tend to let you forget the past.. What does this have to do with the killing of him, taking him from his family.. No condolences here.. No compassion.. No respect.. Give the man and his family some respect..let them grieve in piece no matter the circumstances he was still human
    We have slot of DIPLOMATIC PEOPLE doing alot of RACKET using the everyday man as a blind go and look to talk about them..

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    • miche October 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Respect is doing to others as you would have them do unto you,,,Respect is abiding withing the laws of this country,,,,,,,,it is time we start calling a spade a spade,,,, even the Priest of this nation needs to realize this,,,for some of them would eulogize him as a nice and gentle man,,,one who is at this time being conducted on a guided tour of heaven by St Peter himself,,,,,No one is happy that he died the way he did,,,but please don’t castigate the media for reminding us that what ever is done in the dark will come to light,,,be it good or evil.

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      • allison archer October 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        very well said
        most people refuse to acknowledge truth, its good someone is bold enough to call a spade a spade not an agricultural instrument
        kudos to Miche

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  13. first lady October 2, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Is this a trial or is a report about his death

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    • miche October 2, 2016 at 9:15 am

      It is a case of showing ,that all that glitter is not gold

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  14. Carson C Cadogan October 2, 2016 at 9:33 am

    “…..When contacted, attorney-at-law Ralph Thorne, who vigorously represented Hawkesworth and Gaskin over the ten- year period, said he will be suing Government.” – See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/11916/freed#sthash.QUL6Zwn7.dpuf

    Is this the same RALPH THORNE who is now a candidate for the Barbados Labour Party in the next general election?

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  15. stephen Lovell October 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

    The media is in the business of providing information. They don’t run funeral homes on sympathy parlours.

    The information given is relevant.

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  16. Keiana Reid-Maynard
    Keiana Reid-Maynard October 2, 2016 at 9:55 am

    R.i.p Chris!

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  17. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar October 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Well bro you and only God would know if the allegation against you is true and that your passing is link to your activity.

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  18. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement October 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    why is everyone crime scene investigators all a sudden..ppl have more details than the police…

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  19. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement October 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

    one day these fb comments will cause either someone’s life or freedom..

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  20. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince October 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

    The fellow was an international drug dealer. Obviously last deal went wrong… You play,you pay…..no saints here…

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  21. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
    Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa October 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

    If it wasn’t a car accident was it another collapse mystery.

    Death is not picky about who it takes these random deaths are really scary.

    RIP hope his family are okay

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  22. Sheila Lee-Payne
    Sheila Lee-Payne October 2, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    So sad

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  23. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole October 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Karma, that is all I can say.

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  24. Harry October 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    CCC, and your point is?

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  25. Baba Elombe October 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Question 1. Did he commit suicide? If so how? If he did, then why did he do that? His recent history is therefore relevant having been released from prison in a case that has more questions than answers.
    Question 2. If it was not suicide based on existing evidence, the possibility of murder arises. Then his background becomes relevant. Who would have done it? A stranger. A lover?
    Question 3. Why did the US drop the case?

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  26. Greengiant October 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    We grew up together, we’re educated together and shared a good social and sporting life as youngsters. His life changed after he became a seaman in his teens. Like us all he remained respectful and humble I have heard the negativity but I only deal with what I know. R I P my friend and may the Lord find favor with your family bringing them peace and strength in these trying times.

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  27. jrsmith October 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Ever so gently all the protectorates is going to get they come uppance, if this was any Johnny from any local village it would be the dirtiest things being said about him, but this just shows how deep things are in Barbados when we have the them and us situation…
    My take all the drugs and guns and protection which goes on in Barbados one day will all come tumbling down , when certain people will know too much and will need protecting themselves and they families ..
    We need to hear some news from the (US) as to this killing still is a serious matter…

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  28. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva October 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Regardless to what he may have done he did not deserve to die like he did. However Bim/Bajans is not immune to criminal activity and is unfortunately suffering on account of it. When you are involved in illegal drug activity this is what can be expected. Unfortunately the one’s who suffer here more than any others is his wife, kids, all family members and friends. If he was indeed dealing in drugs (cocaine) he is not as nice of a person as he is being made out to be. Anyone who deals in hard drugs are contributing to the hardships of other families suffering due to drug addictions/ dependency and he was involved in other people’s suffering. He also should have thought of his family, specifically his wife and children, who he failed. The fact is this man was not the nice man he is chalked up to be. Now on account of his selfishness and greed for the almighty dollar he has left children behind to deal with the reality of his bad choices.

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  29. Carson C Cadogan October 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Anyone know of a Guyanese by the name of SHAHEED ROGER KHAN? and his link to this threesome?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_h-DaynlGE

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  30. Shakira Shemora
    Shakira Shemora October 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    How can a gunshot wound at the back of the head be suicide?

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  31. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley October 2, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Sincere condolences to the family .Rip.

    Reply
  32. Realist October 4, 2016 at 8:19 am

    So what is wrong with stating his past history? Maybe it had an impact on the way he died. No one knows but I do believe in KARMA.

    Reply

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