Police say they have positively identified the decomposing body of a young female found at Pigeon Island in January this year as that of Stephanie Thomas, 22.
Stephanie’s mother, Blanda Charlemagne, said investigators told her the positive identification came from DNA analysis.
Charlemagne told St Lucia Times that it brings a measure of closure in the case.
But she urged those responsible for her daughter’s death to surrender to law enforcement.
“Show the police that it’s you because if you don’t do it, I know my God won’t let it go,” Charlemagne asserted.
She said she did not want to ‘hold’ the perpetrator or perpetrators in her heart.
“I know I don’t like the person that did it,” the mother said.
“But if I hold you in my heart, God will judge me,” Charlemagne explained.
And she said although she wants to ‘let go’, it’s not easy.
Charlemagne recalled that even before the DNA analysis confirmed that the remains were that of her daughter, she knew it was Stephanie.
Nevertheless, the mother stated that with the confirmation, the pain she had gotten over after the body was first discovered has returned.
“My heart is very sore. I have to start over again. I can’t sleep, I cannot eat,” Charlemagne declared.
She described her daughter as having been a darling and an outgoing individual.
“She didn’t care what you think about her,” Charlemagne recalled.
“She would do what she liked.”
However, the mother observed that children, especially young girls, want their own way and an opportunity to live their lives.
As a result, she said one can only pray for them and let them go.
Police say no one is yet in custody in connection with the death of Stephanie Thomas.
Headline photo: Stephanie Thomas