THE removal of the body of a 52-year-old La Romaine woman was delayed for more than an hour yesterday after the undertakers’ vehicle stalled at the scene because it ran out of gasoline.
The body of Vonetta Lemo remained in the hearse, parked at Hector Street, for more than an hour, as two employees of Clark and Battoo Funeral Home went in search of fuel.
Lemo, of Temple Street, was discovered dead at around 4 a.m. by passersby at Hector Street, in front of a Play Whe booth, a short walking distance from where she lived.
Police said there were no marks of violence on Lemo’s body.
An autopsy at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday determined that she died from heart failure.
Police said Lemo was described by relatives as a substance abuser and was last seen on Sunday at around 9.30 p.m. headed to a bar nearby.
A party of police officers headed by Sr Supt Cecil Santana visited the scene.
The body was examined by district medical officer Dr Silochan who ordered its removal.
The undertakers had placed the body in the hearse, but the vehicle failed to start.
With the vehicle manned by police officers, the undertakers left and returned after almost 45 minutes with two canisters of gasoline.
PC Julansingh is investigating.