An autopsy carried out on the skeletal remains of an unidentified woman, found in a clump of bushes along the Turkeyen Road, East Coast Demerara last Thursday, revealed that the woman was stabbed several times to her abdomen, police said. In a statement, the police said Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as incised wounds to the abdomen. The post-mortem examination was performed yesterday by the doctor after an initial on-site autopsy.
The discovery had triggered speculation that the body was that of the missing St Stanislaus College teacher who vanished three weeks ago after taking her students to a basketball game at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The high school teacher, Nyozi Goodman, had told her students that she was waiting for someone to pick her up.
Yesterday, Crime Chief Leslie James stated that the man who was arrested in connection with her disappearance has been released from police custody.
James also said that the police took samples from her home, with her family’s consent, to carry out DNA tests.
On Saturday, James had said police were looking at two persons of interest and that one of them was previously held in connection with the disappearance of another woman.
This woman is said to be Lance Corporal Patriena Nicholson, who disappeared mid-last year. She was last seen at a Republic Bank ATM at the Kitty GuyOil Gas Station. However, when questioned if it was the same man who was arrested after Nicholson mysteriously vanished, James neither confirmed nor denied it. The other person of interest is believed to be a soldier Goodman was in a relationship with.
According to sources, the taxi driver had confessed to police that he dropped off Goodman at the sports hall that Sunday afternoon but denied picking her up.
At the crime scene a rotten tooth was discovered on the body. The corpse was believed to be about five feet, five inches tall and between ages of 25 and 40 years old. According to Goodman’s brother Nestor Thompson his sister had a similar tooth.