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The death of St. Catherine Henville, the mother of two who was found dead in her yard in the wee hours of Oct. 31, 2012 in Gros Islet town, has now become a homicide investigation, according to reliable police sources.
Death by strangulation is the result of an autopsy conducted on Henville’s remains on Oct. 30, sources say, which has ruled out initial speculation that she was not hanged, sources say.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that one person who was assisting police has been released pending further investigations.
No one has been arrested or charged for the incident.
According to the sources, the 31-year-old woman was discovered by a family member in a chair in the yard. She was in a “slouched” position, the source told SNO.
Initial reports reaching our newsroom are that Henville was found hanging and was then removed and placed in the chair. But according to reliable sources, no rope was seen on Henville’s body when police arrived on the scene and no evidence, to date, have been found to substantiate those claims.
Preliminary investigations described Henville’s death as suspected suicide, then quickly changed to suspicious death after further investigations. Autopsy results have now confirmed that she was likely killed by someone.
Henville, a resident of George Street, Gros Islet, was found dead at about 2 am Saturday.
She was the mother of two children, a teenage daughter and a several-month’s old baby girl.
She is also known as Luciana and ’12 Gauge’ in the community.