Police yesterday released the identities of seven people missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, but the names of more than 600 still unaccounted for nearly a month after the storm have yet to be made public.
Six of the missing people who were identified are from East Grand Bahama
On the list of the missing are Clarence Marcus Jones, 63, of High Rock; George Laing, 49, of McClean’s Town; Terrell Rudolph Lightbourne, 43, of High Rock; and Roswell Pinder, 60, his wife, Sybil Loretta Pinder, 60, and their daughter, Tanae Ashanique Pinder, 21, of High Rock. Police also identified Astrid Emily Stratton, 77, of Abaco as missing.
Thirty people have been officially reported as missing on Grand Bahama, police said.
Dorian, a dangerous Category 5 storm, moved over Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September. It had winds of 185 miles per hour with gusts up to 220 miles per hour, and a storm surge of 20 feet.
It leveled portions of Abaco and East Grand Bahama.
Dorian’s eye moved over High Rock and the storm stalled over Grand Bahama for many hours.
Karen Hamilton, the sister of Roswell Pinder, has already buried one cousin in the aftermath of Dorian. She said yesterday several other relatives are still missing.
“They haven’t found any bodies as yet,” she said.
“One of my first cousins, we found, and he got buried this weekend gone. His name is Marvin Rolle.”
She added, “He was living next door to where my brother lived, who is missing.”
Hamilton, who is based in New Providence, said she last spoke with her brother the Saturday before Dorian hit.
“I talked to him like that Saturday before the hurricane, and a week before that, he called me and told me that he was coming over to spend a week and he wanted to come to see me.”
She said that in her last conversation with Roswell Pinder, she asked if they were leaving their home ahead of the storm, but her brother said they planned to stay at home.
On Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that 608 people remained missing.
Assistant Superintendent Terecita Pinder, who is based in Grand Bahama, said police will release more posters as they receive more detailed information and photos of the missing.
“That’s only the first set,” she said. “There’s more to come.”
Asked about claims that bodies of some listed as missing have already been found, Pinder said that is not the case.
“I cannot go on what people are saying,” she said.
“I cannot go on what’s happening on social media. We really cannot focus on that. We only can tell you what we have.”
She added, “I don’t know where these rumors are coming from. Everybody is just starting rumors and spreading [them], and then when you look it’s something totally different, so we try not to focus on the rumors.
“We just focus on what we have, and there’re a lot of rumors out there.”