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UPDATE: Cops rule out murder in Sangre Grande woman's death
Police now suspect suicide, not murder, was behind the death of Iemeeliah Goumel, a 21-year-old woman whose decomposed body was found semi-nude next to a dead foetus in her Shepherd Lane, Coalmine, Sangre Grande apartment on Thursday.
Police initially suspected murder because Goumel's body bore marks of violence.
The first month of 2014 was not for the faint-hearted; it ended with the shooting death of Belmont man, which brought the murder toll to 45 in 31 days.
The high body count comes on the heels of a bloody end to 2013, with 41 murders in November and 42 in December, according to statistics from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service website.
News of Goumel's death came as police were probing an unrelated incident in which the body of Jayanti Dubay-Ramrattan, a 32-year-old nurse, was found stuffed in the trunk of her own vehicle outside the Barrackpore police station.
Ramrattan was one of six women murdered this year, according to open data source Bullet Points.
Police are also investigating an unrelated incident, in which Dwayne Reuben, 30, was shot dead yesterday at Upper St Francois Valley Road, Belmont. He was the 45th murder victim of 2014.
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