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.
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.