CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Jan.24.2018 – FOLLOWING an autopsy carried out on Shirley Dawn Morton of Hanleys Road, Gingerland, the Pathologist Dr. Valery Alexandrov has confirmed the cause of death as being by “blunt force traumas”.
That is according to a statement issued by the Police Force’s Public Relations Office yesterday (Jan. 23.).
“A post-mortem examination was conducted on the body of the late Shirley Dawn Morton of Hanleys Road on Monday, January 22, 2018. The examination was done by Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Valery Alexandrov. On conclusion of the examination, the Pathologist reported that the cause of death was multiple blunt force traumas to the head causing brain injury.”
This counters initial speculations that the woman died from gunshot wounds.
“The High Command of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force notes, with great concern, the false reports that were being circulated shortly following the discovery of Morton's body. The High Command takes this opportunity to urge both individuals and media entities alike, to disseminate information with greater caution and empathy as the negative effects of such false reports are far-reaching and can have an impact on the family of the deceased,” the statement urged.
Police have since issued a statement a statement calling on the public to assist in locating a person of interest in the incident.
He has since been identified as Wayne 'Spyer' Chapman, who is the owner of the house in which Morton's body was found.
According to the police’s statement, he was also the boyfriend of the deceased.
Police are continuing with their investigations into the incident.
SKNVibes apologies to the family, friends of the deceased, and the public at large for the inaccurate report published following the discovery of the body of Shirley Dawn Morton of Hanleys Road.
The report was titled: Murder #2: Woman shot dead in Nevis.
SKNVibes sends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, and apologise for any impact or harm it would have caused.