in back yard
throat slashed, two suspects held
are investigating the murder of a 33-year-old Good Hope,
Mahaica woman whose semi nude body with the throat slit
was discovered in her backyard early yesterday morning.
body of Elizabeth
Annmarie Hendricks, was discovered by a cash crop
farmer around 06:00 hours in a kitchen garden about 50
feet from her house.
farmer, who is one of two persons being questioned by the
police had gone to water his plants on the plot of land
behind Hendricks' house when he made the discovery.
from the slit throat, Hendricks appeared to have been
beaten before she was killed, since her face was battered.
have not yet established a motive for the brutal slaying,
but investigators are working on a theory that Hendricks
may have been killed by a man who had threatened to end
her life after an altercation with her son.
man, along with the cash crop farmer, are in police
custody assisting with investigations.
of the dead woman claimed that they heard nothing to
suggest that Hendricks was being killed.
of Hendricks' neighbours is said to be an old woman who is
suffering from poor hearing and sight.
neighbour said that it was not until the cash crop farmer
raised the alarm that they were aware that something was
didn't hear nothing. If people didn't call we, we wouldn't
ah know nothing,” the neighbour said.
News understands that Hendricks lived in her house with
her six-year-old daughter, Melina. She was due to leave
Guyana to join her husband in the USA in two weeks.
are that sometime early yesterday morning, Hendricks went
downstairs to use her outdoor lavatory.
is believed that she was attacked in the toilet since the
door was wrenched from its hinges, suggesting that there
was in intense struggle.
was then dragged to the back of her yard where she was
are also signs that she struggled with her attacker in the
is a fighter. If you see how de mud root up at de back. De
person like dey go fuh rape she and she must be recognise
dey face,” another neighbour opined.
killed her was not interested in robbing her, since her
jewelry was still on her body when it was discovered.
recovered Hendricks' cellular phone, one of her slippers
and a blouse, a few feet from her body.
entire episode took place while Hendricks' daughter slept.
de time she been sleeping in de house. Is not until de
police come dat dey wake she up,” a neighbour said.
described Hendricks as a very nice person who had gone to
live in the village about three years ago.
of the dead woman were given the horrible news by
telephone and immediately journeyed up the East Coast of
was at work when I got the news that my niece was killed.
I was stunned for a minute or two,” one of Hendricks'
uncles told Kaieteur News.
family members were not able to see the body as the police
had cordoned off the scene as they combed the area for
expressed surprise that the neighbours told police that
they heard nothing.
could see that she was fighting with her attacker and she
must have screamed, yet no one heard anything,” another
from her daughter, Hendricks leaves to mourn a 12-year-old
is the second woman in less than a week to be found dead
under unclear circumstances.
week a 68
year old woman was found dead in her house
in the Grove Housing Scheme
October 12, 2004