More than a week after being named a person of interest in the police’s investigation into the death of social media influencer Aneka Townsend, popularly known as Slickianna, Rushane Patterson is expected to report to the police on Thursday.
On Friday, October 21, Townsend’s body was discovered by beachgoers floating in the sea in Reading, St. James, and it was suspected by authorities that she was killed at a different location and then placed in the water. The following day, Patterson was named as a person of interest and asked to turn himself in to the police for questioning in relation to the murder of Townsend by 5 p.m. that day. The 33-year-old was reportedly the last person seen with Townsend while she was alive at a restaurant.
Patterson failed to turn himself into the authorities, and reports arose that he had fled the country via the Sangster International Airport en route to the United States, though the police would later state that there was no evidence of that. Speaking at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) monthly press briefing on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, reiterated those statements and said that the JCF has nothing to indicate that Patterson has left the country.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fitz Bailey, reassured the public that the police are actively pursuing the matter but said they are currently in a delicate position. During the briefing, Bailey disclosed that an attorney had contacted him, indicating they would take Patterson to see the authorities on Thursday.
According to reports from the Jamaica Gleaner, Patterson has a criminal record and was allegedly held on charges of murder, attempted murder, and rape. The case against Patterson was reportedly later thrown out after the prosecution’s primary witness could not be located.
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