THE partially-decomposed body of a woman found almost buried in the sand on Manzanilla beach on Saturday morning was positively identified yesterday as that of 45-year-old Yasmin Ramoutar, of Second Street, San Juan.
Her body was examined at Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park yesterday, but the pathologist was unable to determine the cause of death.
Ramoutar was the mother of two daughters but lived alone with her five dogs and four cats in a ramshackle wooden and concrete house barricaded from the outside world by a ten-foot galvanise fence.
Her home was located on Second Street and was very near to San Juan market.
On Saturday, a group of Manzanilla fishermen noticed some dogs hovering near a spot on the beach. The men became suspicious and walked over to investigate, only to find the partially-buried body of a woman of East Indian descent. At that time no-one knew who she was.
Her body was taken to Sangre Grande Mortuary.
Yesterday morning, her relatives were at Forensic Centre, but they did not have much to say to reporters.
The Express found out her name and address and went to where she lived but there was no-one there except for the dogs and cats, who appeared to be well-fed.
A friend of Ramoutar who did not want to be identified said that he often spoke to her and tried to get her to become a more religious person. He admitted that although she was very nice and spoke to everyone in her community, she was not interested in religion.
He said she was last seen alive on Thursday night, but no-one in the area could say who she was with.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.
The murder toll stood at 95 up to last night, while on March 18, 2012, it was 81.