A 32-year old Laborie woman reported missing since Thursday night was found murdered on Saturday.
The body of Saadia Byron was found roughly 100 yards from her home buried in a shallow grave made of rocks, authorities say.
She was found by a search party made up of relatives and police officers around midday Saturday.
George Nicholas, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) with Responsibility for Crime Management, confirmed there were marks on violence on the body.
The mother of three appeared to have suffered a violent death. Relatives say her face appeared to have been smashed. A used condom was reportedly found at the scene.
The victim’s cousin, Denver Eugene, said he was searching the bushes near the victim’s home along with police officers and members of the community when he stumbled on the semi-nude body partially buried under a pile of rocks.
“When I reach a little distance, I saw the nylon of message (plastic bag of groceries) they say that she was carrying. So I called them and tell them look the message. When I reached higher up I see where they drag the body and I see some stones pile up. When I looked between the stones I see the body. I called them (the police) and they tell me to move away,” Eugene said.
According to reports, Saadia Byron left home on Thursday to attend rehearsals for a graduation ceremony scheduled for the following day.
On her way back, she stopped at a supermarket in Vieux Fort to purchase baby supplies for her cousin.
The last time she spoke to relatives, she was on a bus heading back to Laborie sometime after 8pm.
She was to walk the roughly one mile journey from the main road to her home in a dimly lit, heavily forested farming area in Laborie.
Family members became concerned and raised the alarm when she failed to return home after several hours.
Their fears grew after the missing woman’s personal belongings, including clothing, was found Friday morning.
Police have confirmed that two men are in custody assisting with their investigation into the murder.
“We have two persons in custody who we are questioning. We are not making any connections yet, nor are we dispelling anything,” said ACP Nicholas.
St Lucia Times has learnt that one of the men in custody is well known to the victim and her family.
Her brother Chris Byron said she had made several reports against him to police.
“He’s always waiting for her in the dark, always grabbing her hands, always attacking her. She made several reports to the police station and again, no police, nobody ever did anything on her behalf until this weekend,” Chris stated.
Saadia Byron leaves behind three children; two girls ages 12 and 15 and a 7-year old boy.