The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The num­ber of homi­cides in Saint Lu­cia so far for 2015 now stands at 12. This af­ter a post mortem this week re­vealed that a young woman whose body was dis­cov­ered in Soufriere last Sun­day died as a re­sult of phys­i­cal trauma and as­phyxia. Ini­tially when the body was dis­cov­ered it ap­peared that the woman, who was later iden­ti­fied as 32-year-old Yana Au­guste of Re­duit, had been in­volved in a ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent. Her semi-nude body was dis­cov­ered in the wa­ter near her par­tially sub­mered red Suzuki Swift car that had ap­par­ently plunged over the cliff. The in­ci­dent was said to have oc­curred some­time be­tween 2 am and 3 am Sun­day morn­ing.

Fam­ily mem­bers from the on­set had sus­pected foul play, telling re­porters that Au­guste would not have left work the night be­fore and driven to Soufriere, nor would she have done it, if it was her in­ten­tion, with­out in­form­ing any­one.

The young woman was em­ployed with Cap Mai­son lo­cated at Cap Es­tate.

When Au­guste’s body was dis­cov­ered there ap­peared to be in­juries to the head. She was pro­nounced dead by a med­i­cal doc­tor. On Tues­day, June 14, 2015 a post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion con­ducted on the body re­vealed that she died as a re­sult of phys­i­cal trauma and as­phyxia. The po­lice have since launched a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter. How­ever, no one has since been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with Yana Au­guste’s death.

The rea­son for Yana Au­guste’s death and the mo­tive is still a mys­tery.

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