Creole broadcast hopes to uncover murder clues

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 6:00 pm | Updated: 9:21 pm, Wed Dec 19, 2012.

The Creole language may sound like gibberish. But those words could help someone find their own voice, to speak up for a woman who no longer can.

"Somebody knows something," said Davidson Pierre, a volunteer with a Haitian-language radio station in Bradenton, "so we need them to come forward."

In the era of lightning fast modems and instant communications, Pierre is hoping that old-fashioned radio will do just that.

"Some people are talking amongst themselves but they don't really want to come forward and share this information with the sheriff," said Pierre.

On October 25, 49-year-old Gladys Bernadette Phicien, a Haitian national, was found along a Palmetto road in Manatee County.

After weeks of hearing nothing, authorities are now turning their ears to the local Haitian community, hoping somebody who knows something will start talking.

"The radio is here to basically connect the people of the population with what's going on and to let them know and share information with them," said Etienne Marc, the director of a Haitian radio broadcast in Bradenton.

He says by hearing the appeals in their own language, local Haitians may be more open to call authorities with information.

"Whenever you have someone die in the community you will always have people frustrated and be scared," said Marc.

And while fear is only natural, so too, says Pierre, is empathy; a feeling that could crack this case wide open, a feeling that needs no translation.

"What if it was me, what if it was one of my friends here, what would we want?" said Pierre, "Well, we would want someone to step up?"

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