Investigators treating Yana Auguste’s death as homicide

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Yana Auguste

Authorities say they are investigating the death of Yana Auguste, 30, whose semi-nude body was discovered near the Hummingbird Beach in Soufriere on Sunday, July 12, as a homicide.

Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime and Intelligence Milton Desir said this decision was made based on the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death and the evidence gathered by investigators.

He revealed that a man is also being questioned by the police in connection with the woman’s death.

The police are trying to obtain any information that may lead to an arrest of the person or persons who might be responsible for the woman’s death.

It is not clear whether the man had any relation with the dead woman.

A post mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted later today on Auguste’s body.

Relatives believe that the former waitress was murdered.

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61 comments

  1. Yanna RIP but ur killer dont no how who ever stand. The Lord will assist the police ib solving ur murder

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  2. To the family and friends of Yana...may you find strength in our Lord. RIP Yana.

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  3. Rest in perfect peace Yana. My heart goes out to your family. may they find strength and comfort in the loving arms of Jesus. Rest assured that vengeance belongs to the Lord and the person/persons who committed this horrible crime will one day have to stand before the judgment seat of the most high and give an account of their deeds. I do not know you or your family I feel very heart broken because I know what it means to loose a loved one especially in that way.

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  4. Who ever did this trust me u dont have long to leave bringg your self in come on the person or persons who did it you have a mom a sister u wont want that for them

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  5. Brian and Tammy and the rest of the family hold strong, I pray that God strengthens you and keeps your hearts and minds focus . God will provide the answers . Our Prayers are with you , we're sorry for your lost .
    I can't understand why would someone take our Yana's life away . St Lucia my family hurts and grieves we're begging please please helps find closure . We urge please be mindful of your comments and understand we're begging anyone with any information assist us and the police .

    It was just yesterday meaning a few years ago I remember taking you and your sister from school with your daddy and you telling your daddy you love him , that will always be my fondest memories of you. We love .

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  6. Sad. I knew from secondary school. She was a good girl

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  7. POLICE LOST CASE

    SMH AND LESS 4 TO FIVE PPL DO NOT DIE IN YOUR FAMILY POLICE NOT DOING SHIT FOR YOU SO SO KNOW ONE WILL EVER SPEAK UP THE COUNTRY HAVE LOST IT BEAUTY AFTER CARNIVAL AM GONE FOR GOOD WITH ALL MY SISTERS

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  8. They better act quickly before the evidence is buried.

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  9. People come to St Lucia and leave to easy. People kill and get away with murder to easy. Where is the security for our citizens St Lucia?
    Can you enforce capital punishment, St Lucia? Can't you find out who owned the car? Can't you check Yanna's phone records? Where are the brains in the court house? Can you stop sleeping and do something? May Yanna rest in perfect peace.

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  10. concerned citizen

    My fair Helen residents have you tried protesting? This and every other case that falls through the cracks is heartbreaking. Don't let this one die down. Keep bringing it up. Family keep pushing for answers. Write letters to the United Nations, the st Lucia consulate office in NY and wherever else they are. If non responsive keep writing. Write to any and everyone who will lusten. Create a find Yana killer page if indeed someone murdered her. Don't give up. I know what it's like to lose a loved one. RIP Yana. This is indeed a sad story.

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  11. Come on Lucian stop the violence

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  12. OMG! what wrong with yall, i never said i witnessed the death, c'mon -_-..I'm all the way in the UK, What is was trying to say is that, if i was a witness to any crime in st.lucia, i would never come out as one because there is no security for witnesses in st.lucia! plain and simple! SMDH!!

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    • Not buying it. We don't know that you're in the UK. From the tone of your conversation you sound like someone who is speaking about an actual situation and not a hypothetical one. If you really want to see and say nothing .Then truly keep your mouth closed. Don't come parading round here. And for someone living in UK you rather too familiar with our protection issues palio.

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  13. I hear is a taxi driver with the bald head that do it. But he will definitely pay

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  14. @ YES. if you are serious about what you wrote you know we can find out who you are. Every computer has an IP address and number. It can be tracked. If you used a computer in a cafe then records will indicate what sites were accessed during the time you wrote this comment, it can be linked. Don't say things for saying things. You can tip the police anonymously. A family has lost a daughter, sister, cousin and friend. If you're joking about what you wrote then you have serious issues.

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  15. Sometime the killer is posting on these comments. We saint Lucian's have to be careful who we talk and speak with.

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  16. From the time I heard of this, I just said to myself someone killed this young lady. Officers First thing check out this comment person that's afraid to speak! I am sure Any good computer tech person can get a way to retrieve the IP address of that comment person PC, tablet or phone. Another thing her number can be use to set up whats app and restore her most recent whatsapp messages.
    I hope they get you the murderer/murderers, You didn't give life to her why take it? Bastard hope u get caught and face life in prison. May her family and friends find comfort in the LORD!! RIP Yana..

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  17. Lil USA.....

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  18. Forget the science. the lab is closed and it took two months to get fingerprint comparision on Linus Armstrong the youth activist who was killed. Still the police had to get help for that from the Grenada police. So where we going in 2015. People in castries still waiting for CCTV

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    • There is CCTV in Castries???? and all the way up to Rodney Bay. I have seen the cameras and my husband was the one that helped set up the control room.

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  19. Such a crime like this one is almost unheard of here!! This is more common in USA, etc., etc. Saddened and shocked by this! I felt right from the start that was staged. Made it appear to be an accident.....

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  20. There is someone putting thumbs down on all the comments wishing her peace and her family well. You must be the murderer. Oh how you will suffer! Even if they never catch you your death will be slow and agonizing. Misery will rain down on the heads of your children. I know ALL too well, someone who had my father beaten to the point of near death....died in a horrific accident in saint lucia with his balls on the road. Justice is not of this world but the Lords. You will never escape.....

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  21. How did u know it is the taxi driver.how did u know she did not him since you have those information the police need it so they can make an arrest.whosoever kill this girl yanna .let me tell you the longest hope has an end.the sea will always have salt and sand.god is a good god.ur death or your'll death will be worst than her's R.I.P

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  22. @Yes see how many dislikes you are getting. Be yourself . you can't be somebody else. Come fwd and say what u saw. It will save dem slow guys a hell lot of stress. Flee if that's what it takes!!! But you know you did a good deed!!!

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  23. We, have some wicked, evil men out here, ladies be careful. They are like sheep in wolves clothing...but God. Is watching. , vengeance is the Lord's he shall repay...be stong family.

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  24. I am never one to STRESS over unsolved crimes. But rather I am a firm believer that the good we do will always follow us, likewise the evil we do will follow/haunt us for the rest of our lives. So police eh see, investigators eh see, etc., but Dee Most High heard and saw it ALL!! Yana's killer(s) you can ran but u can't hide. We can ran but we can't hide!! R.I.P Condolences To all those dear ones she left behind especially her mom. Gone too soon!

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  25. I can be a witness but what do the police have in place to keep me secured? NOTHING! There's no witness protection program, nothing. I'll stay in my little corner rather than living in fear of someone always keeping my life miserable! I know of plenty people who are living under continuous death threats because they acted as witnesses or "snitches, most of them have fled the island, so not me!

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  26. right now sex is more important than life,i am saying if is rape.so you eat the mango and throw away the seed dont worry murderer the seed will grow on you one day and every body will see.i am sure you cannot sleep now, yanna auguste will follow you every you go black heart criminal.think about your sister and mother or any female relative of yours,what would you do.sometimes you just feel like taking the law into your own hands,but thinking again you will loose your freedom for these black heart criminals.yanna rest in peace

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  27. If there is a suspect in costady,finger prints on the car windows,doors or car might help if it was not washed away might help the investigation.Even a rape kit may retrieve DNA if it ever happened.Again if the lab is equiped.But we just cant let that go.

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  28. Crazy Ppl around

    I hope that the popo solve this case, still waiting for a resloution for that young boy who was found with 30 something stab wounds. No arrest yet. No news on the progress of that case. Is this going to be another cold case officers?

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    • unfortunately it looks like its headed in this direction. In the next 2 weeks her death too will sadly fade into the past after the next hot issues comes around just like the teen who was murdered with several stabbings and slice throat

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    • yh.. still waiting .. what about the young girl who was bounded and left for dead in her own home.

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  29. Makes me wonder if this was a crime of passion.....

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  30. I simply don't get it!! If it is indeed the deceased bf who commented why did he state he's preparing to leave the island??

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  31. Please be strong Cammy. We're praying for you and your family. This is so touchy but our God is good all the time. Some people are so heartless. Where is the love people. The love our Father taught us. Just remember the evil you do comes back to haunt you and don't think you can escape because the Father saw you. RIP Yanna.

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  32. Person named "Comment" - if you know all that and if what you are saying is true, the Police need that kind of info to be able to seek justice for Yana and her family. PLEEEEEAASSE do due diligence by doing the right thing. You would have wanted someone else to do it on your behalf if it was one close to you that this had happened to. I know the young lady - she worked at the same hotel with my boo. I am deeply deeply saddened about this and can't imagine the pain, worry and sick to the stomach-feeling that this family is going through right now. May the Almighty be with them - courage, strength and belief in and reliance on the Most High to carry you all through. Stay blessed. Yana, RIP.

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  33. Please come forward to face time

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  34. Such a terrible way to depart this earth. My sincere condolences goes out to the friends, family and loved ones. We may not have all the technology needed to investigate but there are a few ways you can get information. Re install watsapp on another phone with her number and messages will come up. Service provider is also able to see most recent calls to and from the number, so all hope is not lost!!!! I do hope that the person or persons responsible are brought to justice. Pray Sweet Saint Lucia Pray!!!

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  35. I must say, St.Lucia has become a dangerous little island. And the system is so broken people get away with murder out there. I don't know the full details of this case but if this is a murder I doubt the ones responsible will be brought to justice. Not to mention the overwhelming number of unsolved murders in the country. It's don't feel like paradise anymore.

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  36. I felt extremely sad at the death of this young woman.No government can fix the malaise endemic in our island we must do it ourselves. We as a people must reclaim the moral high ground . Come on Lucians

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  37. An island filled with violent and dangerous criminals. Yes, you killed an innocent young person, now your mind is sick, you have done the ugliest thing a human being can do, to murder. Hope they catch that asshole soon and make him / her suffer.

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  38. This entire thing reeks of murder. The possibilities here are endless. The murder may have taken place at a different location and the body was disposed of in soufriere. Another glaring question is that of the car, who is the owner? Also which owner would so frivolously rid themselves of a car (if indeed it is theirs)? Unless that person rented the vehicle and as a result truly may have nothing to lose or did this person hope to cause some sort of deflection by making this look like an accident? Also logically, if she was engaged in intercourse, willingly, I would expect that her panty would come off along with the bra. Yes people tend to have sex with their panties on during a "quickie", but often in these cases the clothes are kept on and the panty pushed slightly to the side...not the bra removed and panty kept. Further, her phone records would reveal who she may or may not have had contact with during the hours preceding her death. Whilst she is an adult, it is some what questionable that she would leave a waitress job at 11 pm and find herself on a sojourn in soufriere...yes she may be inclined to go out...but I would question that also. Mostly because of the sheer distance of travel from reduit to souf. It is my belief however that she may have known the person/persons. However I must say that I strongly believe she was murdered before she hit the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. Just a synopsis of a few theories. I truly hope her family finds peace and whoever did this is brought to justice. Sooner rather than later.

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  39. Some always know what happen. Or even suspects a friend or relative. But we are a nation who don't care or just leave in fear. We are not our neighbours keepers no more. Sad thing is that criminals are still in the minority. And withholding information or evidence makes you just as guilty as person who commits the crime. We can blame the police or politicians all we want. But we all play a part. Time we speak out on crime. Yes you my son and I love you but you did wrong. Yes you my boyfriend or husband but I know you did this. Call the police. You leave criminals out there to commit more crimes. Let's be good looshans and check for one another. RIP dear

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    • call the police then my life in danger we cya trust de popo. and most of the criminals on the streets are the police friends, so makes no sense

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  40. we do not a forensic lab. How will they determine anything? Our lab is CLOSED!

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  41. Stay strong fam..

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  42. I pray to God that the animal or animals who did this are brought to justice.

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  43. Boy u kill da girl because she didn't want to be with you it's clear is u that do it u are a taxi driver u Kno this road very well and ur friends pick u up judgement day will hit u ,u to dirty

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  44. this is the sort of thing that makes people call for the death penalty. so sad. my heart goes out her and her family.

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  45. What goes around comes back around....people fail to realize that and they wonder why nothing good is going right in their life but God will see this lady and her family through..REST IN PERFECT PEACE

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  46. I am really sad to hear of such terrible news of a beautiful young woman.What has happened to this once beautiful country.I am not in any hurry or eager to visit this island of my birth.I do feel much safer walking the streets of London in the night than walking the streets of St.Lucia daytime.RIP young lady hope who is responsible will be brought to justice.Hope your family and friends find comfort in the arms of the Lord.

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    • I fully agreed with the above comment. As a fellow St Lucian I do not feel safe when I am visiting Family & Friends.
      My sympathy goes out to the Family of Yanna.

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  47. Its more than one person who this sicko y'all didn't give her life and took it wicked devils

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  48. Fingerprinting and it's interpretation is very crucial in this investigation .

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  49. The person or persons judgment day will be sure and my heart will cry out in tears and pain the person who took my daughter away from me

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  50. So sad. Whoever is responsible for this young lady death had to know the area very well. We are living in a world with so many evil people. What did she do to deserve such a death. RIP young lady, this is a heartache no family wants. Losing a loving is bad but I think when you loose a love one to a tragedy like this it's so much worst. Jah knows

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