Police investigators in Trinidad and Tobago are investigating the murder of 39-year-old Merissa Edwards, whose dead body was found on September 26 in a bushy area of Brickfield Road, Couva.
A post-mortem on Merissa Edwards is also set to take place on Monday, October 3, 2022, to confirm whether it was a case of murder or suicide.
Edwards, aged 39, was a mother of one child as well as an administrative clerk at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies St Augustine campus.
Her dead body was discovered on September 26, 2022, eight days after she was reported missing by her family and two days after a suspect related to her disappearance was found dead.
Members of the Hunters Search and Rescue Team of Trinidad and Tobago, led by Captain Vallence Rambharat and the family members of the deceased, made the discovery in a bushy area of Brickfield Road, Couva.
As per the official police reports, she left her home at the John Eli Road, Freeport, on September 18, 2022, to go for drinks with Simeon Roopchand, aged 51, a resident of Hosein Street Bank Village, Carapichaima. The two were said to be in a relationship; however, after their outing, she did not come back home.
Once a report was filed about her missing, police officials tracked down her cell phone to a gas station, where it last signalled around 4 am on September 19, 2022. Roopchand was said to be missing on that same date.
His dead body was later found in a forested area in Tabaquite on September 24 by the HSRT.
The investigators are believing that this was an incident of a murder/suicide. Further investigations are still going on.
Edwards is said to be the 44th woman killed in the year in Trinidad and Tobago.
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