“THE evidence is right in front of their eyes and all I want is a DNA test,” said 34-year-old Keoma Hamer in regard to the investigation into her report of an alleged abduction of her twin baby girls 15 years ago.
A test was done in July 2019.
In a letter signed by acting Police Commissioner, Atlee Rodney, dated December 4, 2019, addressed to Hamer regarding the results of DNA test performed on one of the alleged twins, it states: “As it relates to the allegation that Petal Burley is one of the missing twin girls, investigation revealed that Esther Amos and O’Neil Burley cannot be excluded as the biological mother and father of Petal Burley based on the analysis of their DNA.”
This correspondence did not sit well with Hamer who spoke exclusively with OBSERVER media: “My response was to him, that this is not saying anything to me, this is vague.”
She added that, “I asked a few questions for clarification and up to today, I have never received a response. I want to know, specifically, are they the biological parents or not?” To that question, Hamer said, “I have not received a response for over two weeks now.”
A DNA test was not administered between the 15-year-old child and Hamer herself.
In June this year, Hamer’s abduction allegations went viral after she called on the authorities of Antigua and Barbuda to investigate what happened on September 7, 2004 when she delivered her babies on the Gwynneth O’Reilly Ward of the old Holberton Hospital.
Since that time, Hamer has questioned the will and the interest of the police in investing her matter.
“What kind of investigation are you all really conducting?” she asked.
“The evidence,” she claimed, “is right in front of their eyes.”
Guyanese born and a St. Martin national, Hamer, has vowed not to stop her own investigations into the matter and has since got the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) involved in her case. The CGID have subsequently asked the US State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to investigate this allegation as it potentially constitutes abduction and human trafficking.
“To see how slack my situation is being handled, it provokes me and it disturbs me,” said the irate would-be mother of two.
Referring to the Antiguan investigative officials, she said, “If they are not going to respond to me, they have to respond to somebody because something is happening in Antigua and only God in Heaven knows what is.”
“I am a Guyanese by birth. I live in St. Martin for twenty-something years. I’m a Dutch national, so my government’s home is involved because clearly the Antigua Government seems to be sleeping on me.” (The Daily Observer)