Monday, December 18, 2017

‘Maracas’ body identified

THE body of a man found dead near a river at Maracas Bay was identified yesterday as that of Sooman Mangroo of Maracas Bay village.

Police said around 9 a.m., Maracas Bay police received a call from villagers about the body of a man found in a river which leads out to Maracas Bay.

Officers arrived on the scene and they were accompanied by investigators from the Crime Scene Unit who examined the scene for signs of foul play.

The body was eventually moved and taken to the Port of Spain Mortuary.

It is believed the man may have died of natural causes. A post-mortem is expected to be done today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James to determine the cause of death.

Police are also continuing investigations into the death of a 27-year-old Arima woman who was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Friday night.

A 25-year-old man from Chase Village, who is believed to have caused the accident, remained in custody at Arima Police Station up to last night. He had not yet been charged.

Police said around midnight, the victim, Kursha Tanner, of Mt Pleasant Road, was heading west in company with two other people along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway when, near the Maloney intersection, her car was slammed from behind by a Nissan Frontier heading in the same direction.

Tannerís Toyota Corolla spun out of control and slammed into a median, then a light-pole.

The chemistry teacher was killed instantly.

The driver of the Frontier attempted to flee the scene but was pursued and later caught by the police.

Two other victims of the accident, Kristy Marie Reyes and Toni-Maria Salina, who were in the car with Tanner, remain hospitalised.