HOMICIDE detectives investigating the murder of Penal nurse Jaya Dubay-Ramrattan believe that if they find her car keys and her cellphone, they can catch the killer.
Police said yesterday they continue to search for the personal items that could not be found when her body was discovered in the trunk of her car last Thursday.
However, Dubay-Ramrattan’s purse, containing her identification cards and wallet, was in the car, the Express was told.
During the autopsy on her body at the Forensic Science Centre, blood samples were taken in accordance with the procedure of a murder investigation, a detective said. The blood samples are to be tested for drug and alcohol content.
Pathologist Hughvon Des Vignes concluded that the woman died as a result of manual strangulation and she suffered a severe blow to her head which caused cranio-cerebral injury.
Des Vignes told police that she may have been dead for three or four days before her body was discovered in the trunk of her Hyundai Elantra car, which had been parked at a car park on the compound of San Fernando General Hospital.
Dubay-Ramrattan, 32, worked at St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital for the past ten years and also at a private hospital in Cocorite.
A close male relative who was assisting police in their investigation was released on Friday.
Her husband, Rishi Ramrattan, a former policeman, told officers he last saw Dubay-Ramrattan at her home on January 23 when she was preparing to leave for work, and he went to bed.
Ramrattan told investigators that the next day, he received a text from Dubay-Ramrattan, telling him she was going to lime with other nurses.
He was unable to contact her after several days and, last Wednesday, he went to her workplace, but was told that she had not reported to work for days.
He also went to St James Police Station to report his wife missing, but was directed to file the report at Barrackpore Police Station.
The next morning, Dubay-Ramrattan’s car was found in the hospital car park, and was towed to that police station.
Crime scene investigators (CSI) discovered Dubay-Ramrattan’s body as they examined the vehicle in Barrackpore.