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Bahamas Man Charged After 4 Boys Vanish

October 29, 2003

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ A hardware store stock clerk was charged with five counts of murder on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of four boys and a young man on Grand Bahama Island.

Cordell Farrington, 35, was charged in the Freeport court with the murders of Jamaal Robinson, 22, Mackinson Colas, 11, Junior Reme, 11, DeAngelo McKenzie, 13, and Desmond Rolle, 14.

All of the boys had worked as bag-packers at the Winn Dixie Supermarket in Freeport and played video games nearby. Farrington worked as a clerk at Kelly’s Freeport Ltd., a hardware store located near the Winn Dixie.

McKenzie disappeared in May along with Colas and Jake Grant, 12. Reme vanished June 30 and Rolle on Sept. 28.

Four minors were charged earlier this month with manslaughter in connection with Grant’s disappearance. Grant allegedly drowned, according to the minors charged, but his body has not been found yet.

Piles of skeletal remains were found Sunday in the Barbary Beach area.

``It’s a hard thing to deal with,″ said Hercules Knowles, DeAngelo’s uncle. ``It ends the waiting. It’s something (now) you can put to rest.″

Christopher Lowe, a manager at the hardware store where Farrington worked, said Farrington had worked there for three months and passed all of his background checks.

Farrington, who reportedly has three children of his own, disappeared from work last Thursday at noon.

``His disposition was always happy, cheery and never miserable,″ Lowe said. ``There was absolutely nothing to indicate anything like this.″

Police in the Bahamas were assisted by the FBI and British officers from Scotland Yard. A retired FBI profiler and a former Las Vegas homicide detective were also sent to help by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, based in Alexandria, Va.

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