Deeper analysis will have to be done on the human remains from the Mauritanian vessel found drifting off Tobago almost two weeks ago, since recent post mortems were inconclusive.
Police in Tobago confirmed the situation yesterday following the post mortems last week
The vessel was found drifting by Tobago fishermen
It’s origin was the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in North West Africa and it was believed to have been stolen.
Fourteen sets of remains in advanced state of decomposition, including three reduced to bones, were found.
Currency in the form of Euros and Swiss francs were also found along with a GPS and cell phones with phone numbers.
These were in waterproof bags, undamaged by elements.
The vessel was towed to Belle Garden.
Authorities were unclear recently if the deceased were Mauritanian citizens and had hoped to get fingerprints from cadavers to secure identity.
But after post mortems were inconclusive, including on cause of death, deeper analysis/toxicology will have to be done.
There have been rumblings among some in Tobago that the boat should be burnt. Police said that was not their call and the boat may be returned to owners when information arises.
The Mauritanian vessel is the second from Africa found drifting in the Caribbean with bodies.
In March, Nicaraguan authorities found six bodies in a boat drifting off Nicaragua’s coast.
A passport from the Republic of Guinea, West Africa was found.
The corpses were badly decomposed and an initial examination indicated all apparently died of dehydration or heatstroke.
Migrants seeking to reach the US are being trapped at Nicaragua’s southern border, prompting some to choose maritime routes.