ORANGE — Police have identified the man found in Lake Wepawaug last weekend as the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident last month.
Troop I- Bethany troopers and Orange police had been looking for Vaughn D. Porteous since March 19, when his vehicle was found crashed up against barrels on Route 15 northbound near Exit 56, at the entrance to the Route 15 northbound rest area. Police said there was damage to the metal beam guardrail.
The Jamaican Observer identifies Porteous as the son of reggae singer DJ Papa Biggy, who came to prominence in 1982 when his song Falkland Crisis won a gold medal in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Festival competition.
Courtney Porteous, aka Papa Biggy, confirmed his 30-year-old son’s death to the Observer.
The Observer states that Papa Biggy migrated to the U.S. in 2001. Since then, the Jamaican entertainer has recorded numerous songs including “How You Plant Corn” and “Never Give Up On Your Dreams.”
On March 19, troopers found Vaughn D. Porteous’ vehicle with heavy front end damage, but the driver was not with the car. Evidence at the scene identified the 30-year-old as the vehicle’s owner.
After reviewing surveillance footage from outside the rest area and searching the area, local hospitals and Porteous’ residence, troopers believed the operator may have left the scene after getting a ride from someone.
Then, on Saturday, Porteous’ body was found in Lake Wepawaug in a popular area for fishing. According to police, the body was discovered floating face down, about 15 feet from shore, by three youths.
“Upon arrival officers observed a body, which appeared to have been in the water for a prolonged period,” said the department. State Police Major Crime is assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact Troop I –Bethany at 203-393-4200 or Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.