Marcelle Smith was strangled to death.
That was the finding of the autopsy conducted yesterday afternoon on the decomposed body of the Farm Road, St Philip woman, whose remains were discovered in a ravine on Halton Plantation, St Philip a week ago.
The autopsy was done by Dr Sainagendra Prasad Kadiyala, the same forensic pathologist from Jamaica who performed the post mortem on 12-year-old Shemar Weekes, who was found hanging last May 14 in the yard of the home he shared with mother Julieanne and his seven-year-old brother.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime Management and Investigation Livingstone Eversley told Barbados TODAY this morning that there was no indication from the autopsy that Smith was sexually assaulted as had been speculated in some quarters.
Yesterday’s surgical procedure also confirmed Smith’s identity, considering that the body was in such an advanced state of decomposition, not even the family could positively identify her.
Smith, the widow of retired principal of The Lodge School Aurelius and sister-in-law of retired Appeals Court Judge Sir Frderick Smith and Queen’s Counsel Vernon Smith, had been missing for about three weeks.
A week after the 75-year-old Smith disappeared, the car she was driving was found abandoned in the area of Chelston Park, Culloden Road, St Michael.
Thirty six-year-old Cheriss Ince, a carpenter of Four Roads, St Philip who has since been charged with stealing the vehicle, is expected to be charged with Smith’s murder later this week.
Ince is currently on remand at HMS Prison at Dodds, St Philip. (EJ)