No autopsy as relatives fail to claim body of murdered Venezuelan woman

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

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