Antigua Observer:-The headless body of a 72-year-old Swetes man was discovered near his farm at Body Pond, located near Swetes village at about 5pm yesterday evening, hours after relatives reported to police that he was missing.
Relatives report that Caleb Samuel, a married father of four, was last seen two days ago and they became worried when he did not return home from the farm Sunday night. However, according to a police press statement, “Samuel was last seen alive last Thursday, prior to leaving home.”
Family members at the house, who said they did not want to be named “so soon”, confirmed the deceased was the brother of the late Agriculture Minister Charlesworth Samuel who was found dead on a beach in January 2008.
Grieving relatives said they are uncertain about the circumstances surrounding Caleb’s death and how or why someone would behead the elderly man.
They described him as “active and very hardworking even though he was handicapped.”
According to a cousin, he had lost one of his hands several years ago but it “did not stop him from working and doing what he had to do; working on the farm or burning coal.”
One relative said it is believed someone may have gone to the farm to rob the 72 year old and, given his handicap and the fact that he was alone, the person “obviously got the upper hand.”
“It is isolated up there (the scene at the farm) so unless you’re going there to meet someone, you wouldn’t see or know anything. It is off the road,” the relative explained.
They said although the body was headless, and the head has not been found, they were able to identify him by the handicapped hand, other physical features and his clothing. Some have speculated that animals may have removed Samuel’s head.
The deceased, who was released from prison last year after serving seven years for a sex crime, had returned to his life of farming and selling produce to make a living.
“I’ve never seen anyone as productive at his age. He was very jovial and a happy person,” another cousin said.
Last night police confirmed they are probing the matter and urged anyone with information to contact the nearest police station or call 462-3913/4.