Sunday 23 September, 2018

Post Mortem: American model died of excessive bleeding

The body of Desiree Gibbon was found in St James last month.

The body of Desiree Gibbon was found in St James last month.

A post mortem examination on the body of 26-year-old Desiree Hyacinth Gibbon, the American woman who was found dead in bushes in St James last month, has revealed that she died of excessive bleeding.

The autopsy showed injury to her left carotid artery, stemming from the infliction of a chop wound to the neck. The carotid arteries are major blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain, neck, and face. There are two carotid arteries, one on the right and one on the left.

The autopsy was conducted at the Doyley's Funeral Home in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland on Tuesday, November 5. It was overseen by a forensic expert from the Organisation of American State (OAS).

An aspiring model from Queens in New York, Desiree Gibbon, 26, was found with her throat slashed in bushes along the roadway in Anchovy, St James.

According to the police, Gibbon arrived in Jamaica on the 20th October and was given a three months stay in the country. Since her arrival, she had obtained a Tax Registration Number (TRN) and was actively seeking employment, investigators said.

Gibbon's mother told the media in the United States that her daughter had been staying at the family’s resort in Montego Bay with the hopes of making a documentary in Jamaica. She told CBS New York that her daughter made friends on the island, and insisted that she would never go out at night alone.

“My belief is it was a cold, calculated, planned out murder... It wasn’t a random act of violence. It is somebody she knew, somebody she trusted, and somebody who betrayed her,” Andrea Gibbon, the distraught mother, said.

Desiree Gibbon's parents are expected to arrive in Jamaica on Friday to speak with investigators. The family has also set up a GoFundMe account to help with flying her body back to New York and funeral expenses.

The police are yet to make an arrest in connection with the murder.