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Police identify more missing people after Dorian

Police yesterday released the identities of five more people missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, but the identities of the majority of the 424 still unaccounted for a month after the storm have yet to be made public.

All of the missing people on the list are from East Grand Bahama.

Some have already been assumed dead by their loved ones.

On the list are Donlock Donny Munnings Jr., 29, of Emmanuel Way, High Rock; J’Vonaje Alejan Forde, 24, of Emmanuel Way, High Rock; Shirlene “Josephine” Pinder-Cooper, 48, of Emmanuel Way, High Rock; Omarion Lawrence Munnings, six years old, of Emmanuel Way, High Rock; and Raphaela “Lavette” Munnings, 53, of Emmanuel Way, High Rock.

The Nassau Guardian understands that Raphaela Munnings is Donlock Munnings Jr.’s mother, and Omarion Munnings’ grandmother.

Dorian, a dangerous Category 5 storm, moved over Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September. It had winds of 185 miles per hour (mph) with gusts up to 220mph, 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.

A GoFundMe account named “Young Mom J’Vonaje Forde loses life to Dorian” was started by her cousin, Andree Miller, to assist Forde’s mother with rebuilding and taking care of her one-year-old son who survived the storm.

According to the account, Forde, who was an insurance agent at Colina, was swept away in the storm surge.

“When Hurricane Dorian slammed Freeport, Grand Bahama, J’Vonaje Forde had no idea that she would be a casualty of the storm,” it read.

“As the waters rose, she was separated from a friend and swept away while trying to help others.”

However, Donlock Munnings Sr., husband of Raphaela Munnings, told The Nassau Guardian in an interview in the immediate aftermath of Dorian that he was holding onto hope for his loved ones.

Munnings said he does not believe his family is dead.

“I call it missing [rather] than say ‘death,’” he said.

“Death is not a word I’d use and death I’d never believe until I see it.

“So, I’m saying they missing.”

Munnings said he was trapped at work and was away from his family when Dorian moved over Grand Bahama.

When he finally made it home, he said, there was nothing left.

His home was leveled and his wife, son and grandson gone.

On Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that more than 400 people remained missing.

Assistant Superintendent Terecita Pinder, who is based in Grand Bahama, said police will release more missing persons posters as they receive more detailed information and photos of the missing.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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