Search continues for missing man
Concerned relatives and friends of missing man Rudolph Smith turned up a grisly find when they uncovered skeletal bones that appeared to be set on fire.
But on consultation with the police, the bones are now believed to be the remains of an animal and not a human being.
A spokeswoman for the group who spent two days combing a number of areas for the Pembroke man who was last seen on July 9 said the SPCA has also been called in to examine the find.
She also said they found a white T-shirt with specks of blood with a pair of boxer shorts and a belt with what appeared to vomit on it and the surrounding area on the railway trial near Loyal Hill in Devonshire.
That too has been handed over to the police to be tested for DNA.
Only a small number of people turned up on Saturday to participate.
The spokeswoman said there were even less people on Sunday, but while she was disappointed with the turn out she was pleased with the amount of ground covered in two days.
When you consider that there are 65,000 people in Bermuda, to have 21 show up was a little disappointing, she said. We covered a lot of ground from Admiralty House, Pontoons, Deep Bay near the Pembroke Community Club, the shoreline at Robinsons Bay, Orange Valley, Loyal Hill, Vesey Street and the tracks on Palmetto Road.
On Sunday we searched areas around the old recycling plant, the Pembroke Dump, Robinsons Bay at the bottom of Palmetto Road and we did a thorough search of Abbots Cliff.
I think the search was helpful because it ruled out certain areas, she said. When asked what their next course of action will be she said: Rudys family want to see what the police come up with first.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said: The investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Rudolph Smith continues. We appreciate the efforts of concerned members of the public who came out to assist in the search for Mr. Smith over the weekend.
Detectives are still interested in speaking with anyone who may have any information regarding Mr. Smiths whereabouts or what may have happened to him, he said.
Anyone who can assist is urged to contact the Serious Crime Unit in confidence at 247-1340, or alternatively the confidential and anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477 at the earliest opportunity.
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