Nothing suspicious about customs officer’s death


An autopsy done on the body of Lloyd “Silah” Francis has determined that the customs officer suffered a heart attack and mild stroke.

Initially, the death was suspicious and lawmen had said they would have to await the results of an autopsy to determine whether a criminal investigation would be done.

The 51-year-old was discovered dead at his Five Islands home in the early hours of September 10 with his clothing loosened and he had excrement on his lower body.

A neighbour told police that she observed Francis wake from a slumber after he had been sleeping in a rented vehicle outside his home, however, not long after Francis was dead.

Police questioned a Five Islands woman in connection with the death, but she was later released.

Francis, the father of two sons and an adolescent daughter is originally from the Parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica but had been living in Antigua and Barbuda for more than two decades.

Friends of the deceased continue to remember Francis as an easy going, jovial, kind and fun-loving man who enjoyed talking about his children, playing dominoes and hanging out with friends over a cold beer.

One man expressed relief that the close family and friends of Francis can now find closure with the completion of his autopsy. A service of thanksgiving can now be planned to celebrate his life and reminisce on the memories he made with all who had the pleasure of interacting with him.

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