A friend of Paulette Wade’s husband has been taken into custody for questioning as police continue their murder investigation.
Wade, 37, also called ‘P,’ of Kwakwani Park, Upper Berbice River, was reportedly strangled and bludgeoned to the head sometime between the evening of October 25 and the morning of October 26.
Following Wade’s murder, six men from the area were taken into custody, two of whom were brought to Georgetown for further questioning by police. They have, however, since been released on station bail and are expected to report to the Kwakwani Police Station every morning.
Meanwhile, Stabroek News has since been informed by police that a female friend of the dead woman’s husband has been taken into custody for questioning. In addition to the friend, police disclosed their intention to question Wade’s husband.
Wade’s lifeless body was discovered on the floor of her Kwakwani home more than two weeks ago, several hours after she and her daughter retired to bed on the evening of October 25. However, when the child awakened around 6.30 the next morning, she found her mother’s motionless body on the bedroom floor.
This newspaper understands that she called out for her mother but after the woman did not respond, the child left the home to notify a neighbour. This prompted the neighbour to visit the Kwakwani Hospital compound, where she told the security guard, who in turn informed staff at the hospital.
The police were also informed and in the company of a doctor and nurses from the hospital, ventured to the woman’s home, where the doctor subsequently pronounced Wade dead.
Both Wade’s body, which was discovered lying face down on a concrete floor clad in her sleeping clothes, and the scene, were examined by police. The examination uncovered small bruises on one of the woman’s elbows as well as blood on her mouth. A closer examination revealed that the deceased bit her tongue. There was no sign of forced entry, nor were there signs that the house had been ransacked.
And contrary to police’s initial belief that the woman had suffered an epileptic seizure, her relatives were adamant that the woman was a victim of foul play.