The autopsy that was supposed to have been done on the body of Venezuelan national Evelyn Rojas, 40, yesterday could not have been done as relatives failed to claim her body.
Police sources told the Guardian Media that her body remained at the hospital's mortuary because none of her close relatives came forward.
Police are hoping that her relatives show up at the Forensic Science Centre on Tuesday so that the autopsy can be performed and the results included in the investigative file.
Police said generally when Venezuelans are killed or die by any other means relatives and close associates fail to show up to identify the respective bodies for fear that they themselves may be arrested by police, especially in cases where they are in the country illegally.
Rojas was shot dead on Saturday morning following a night of partying at an apartment she shared with a close male relative in Carapichaima.
Police are since searching for her male companion and other Venezuelans who were at the party to assist them in their investigations.
Rojas, 40, a mother of three, moved into the apartment at Waterloo Road, Carapichaima, less than a month ago.
Landlord Jeffrey Dyett discovered her lying in a pool of blood under a shed outside the apartment shortly after 3 am.
He believes that Rojas was shot at the back of the house and ran to the side where she died.
Dyett said Rojas, whom he described as a good woman, was unemployed had been in T&T for about two years and spoke English.
- Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant