DNA sample from murdered Paradise teen for Brazil testing

The police will be sending DNA samples collected in the murder of Paradise teen Patricia Younge to neighbouring Brazil for testing, according to Crime Chief Seelall Persaud who says that a second person of interest is still being sought.

Contacted yesterday, Persaud explained that there has been no further developments in the case but the search

Patricia Younge
Patricia Younge

for the person of interest continues. He said that a sample for DNA testing has been collected from the dead woman’s 23 year old reputed husband.

That sample is to be sent to Brazil under a recent arrangement between the two countries for testing. The first batch of samples left the country for a lab in Brasilia, Brazil last month and according to Persaud the Force has not yet received those results.

Due to the state of Younge’s body when she was found, it was suspected that she had been raped before she was killed and her body buried in a shallow grave.

However, this was not confirmed during the post-mortem examination. Relatives had been told that they would have to wait between three weeks to a month for this information.

The woman’s reputed husband was detained shortly after the discovery but was subsequently released.

Younge was last seen when she left her Paradise, East Coast Demerara home, to view the Mashramani festivities in George-town.

The body of the former waitress of the Bettencourt Restaurant, on D’Urban Street, was found three nights later in the shallow grave in the Paradise cemetery after a search was launched for her. Her reputed husband had informed relatives that she was missing.

The cause of death was given as strangulation.

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