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Autopsies postponed at forensic science centre

Relatives of people who died over the last 24 hours were told to come back to the Forensic Science Centre tomorrow as acting chief pathologist Dr Easlyn Burris-McDonald was not present at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, today.

Newsday understands that Burris-McDonald called in an emergency and was unable to make it to the centre.

The relative of one murder victim said she was dissatisfied with the pace of operations at the centre as she was not told of Dr Burris-McDonald's absence. She only found out after speaking with a friend who works at the centre.

"We've been waiting here since 9 am, it's 11 am now. Suppose I didn't have a friend working at the centre? I would have had to stand up outside here and wait for someone to tell me what was going on."

Newsday understands that the bodies are being kept at the centre overnight in a special storage room.

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