Grenada police have charged a man with non-capital murder in connection with the death of Canadian national and former university professor Linnea Veinotte, whose partially decomposed body was found in a grave, five days after she was reported missing.
The accused, Akim Frank, was remanded in custody after he appeared in court on Monday, Dec. 1
Acting Police Commissioner Winston James told reporters that it was a challenging time for his men to charge Frank, who is no stranger to the law.
According to media reports, in 2008, he was sent to prison for stealing, wounding, and burglary as a teenager.
“As it stands right now, it was because of a vehicular accident,” James said during a media briefing.
James said there is no evidence that anyone else was involved in the Vienotte’s death. He said material gathered from the investigation – hair found in the vehicle and broken glass while searching – have been sent for forensic testing.
The top cop did not confirm whether camera footage from houses or businesses in the area helped police identify the vehicle involved in the incident.
Police said Veinotte’s body was discovered last Friday morning, Dec. 11 after Frank took them to the spot where he allegedly to have buried her. She was reported missing on Sunday, Dec. 6 after taking her dog for a walk.
A post mortem examination, according to police, revealed that Vienotte’s death resulted from “blunt force trauma to the chest and and lower part of the body”.
A Facebook page, In Memory of Linnea Veinotte, has since been created.
Vienotte was a married mother of two children.