ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The police might have to turn to international agencies to identify the body of a female who was found floating off Devil’s Bridge on Saturday.
Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Superintendent Nuffield Burnette, said fingerprints have been taken for a search within the local database for possible matches. He added that when lawmen have exhausted options here, they will then turn to International Police (INTERPOL) for assistance.
“We are in the process of publishing it to Interpol and if nothing is forthcoming, then we will send it further afield to see if we can come up with an identity because if we are going to look at foul play, then we will need to do a post-mortem to know what the person died from and to do that we have to have identification,” Burnette said.
The officer noted it was not ideal to go public with the identification process, since only someone who knows her intimately would be able to positively identify her, given the condition of the body.
The police continue to appeal to anyone with information on the identity of the young woman to come forward. The deceased appeared to be in her 20s and is of medium build.
The discovery of this young woman’s body is reminiscent of the August 2010 tragedy, in which a teenager’s body was found in the rough waters surrounding Devil’s Bridge.
When the body was recovered, it was said to be in the early stages of decomposition.
The dreadlocked man, for almost two months, laid in the morgue unidentified since there was no report of a missing person at the time.
The deceased was later identified as Antiguan-born 19-year-old Levi Lee of Pares Village.