rbpf(The Islands of The Bahamas)  Bahamas Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ferguson, in a statement released on Monday, September 16th, 2019, offered condolences to families with lost loved ones, and updated the official number of deaths in the Bahamas attributed to Hurricane Dorian’s passage to 51.  See full statement below:

“The Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force wishes to advise the general public, that as of Monday 16th September, 2019, officers have located and recovered forty-three (43) deceased people from the island of Abaco and eight (8) from Grand Bahama, bringing the total amount to 51 confirmed deaths.  Shortly after 10:00am on Monday, the decomposed body of a Caucasian male was recovered in Marsh Harbour.

We recognize that many people are presumed missing and we anticipate the discovery of more deceased persons, as the process of search and recovery progresses.  As there are many more people presumed missing, since they have not been seen or heard from since the passage of hurricane Dorian, we are appealing to family members to file missing person’s reports with the police.

We offer sincere condolences to those families who had loved ones die during the hurricane. Please know that every effort is being made by the Royal Bahamas Police Force, along with our local and international law enforcement partners, to bring relief and closure for everyone.

May God bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”