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Missing nurse found murdered in car trunk
Police yesterday found the decomposing body of missing nurse, Jaya Dubay-Ramrattan, inside the trunk of her car. She was a registered psychiatric nurse attached to the St Ann’s Hospital where she worked nights. She also worked at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Cocorite. She was also completing her degree in nursing. Forensic reports showed Dubay-Ramrattan, a mother of a five year-old girl, was strangled. Her killing is the 44th killing for the year. For the same period last year there were 36 murders. Her husband, Dean Ramrattan, a former police officer, reported her missing to St James Police around 9 pm on Wednesday. Hours later, her Hyundai Elantra was found at the car park of the San Fernando General Hospital. Police said they were told Ramrattan last saw his wife on January 23 at their home on Wilson Road, Clarke Road, Penal, around 10 pm but when he checked for her around 2.45 am she was not in the house.
Investigators said they were also told that Ramrattan received a text from his wife telling him she was going to lime with other nurses but after several day she had not returned home. They said Ramrattan went to her workplace in search of her but was told she had not showed up for work for the past week. Speaking with members of the media after the autopsy, Dubay-Ramrattan’s mother, Rehana Dubay, said she wanted justice for her child who, she said, always wanted to be a nurse. “She didn't deserve this. She was doing her bachelor's in degree nursing. She was a nurse in St Ann's for ten years. “She was a brilliant and beautiful person. She would always be working and had no time for liming,” Dubay said.
A resident of Congo Hill, Barrackpore, where Dubay-Ramrattan grew up, said a villager who went to meet his pregnant wife at the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department around 4 am yesterday saw her car and contacted police. The car was taken to the Barrackpore Police Station by a wrecker and while police were processing it, they found Dubay-Ramrattan’s body inside the trunk. She was wearing a house dress and underwear. Police did not find any initial signs of violence but an autopsy by pathologist Dr Hughvon des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday showed she died from manual strangulation. Up to yesterday, a man was assisting police with inquiries. Acting Woman Police Sgt Cuffy of the Southern Division Homicide Bureau is continuing investigations.
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