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Another woman murdered on New Providence

Authorities discovered the body of a woman on a rocky stretch of land near Blue Water Cay in eastern New Providence early yesterday morning, just two days after Bridgette Saunders’ body was discovered off East Street south.

The unidentified woman, believed to be between 18 and 25-years-old, was discovered by police around 10:15 a.m.,   according to police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings.

The victim received injuries to the upper body, said Skippings, who did not reveal any further details about how the woman died.

“At present I do not want to comment on the type of injuries that the victim sustained,” she said.

Blue Water Cay is located off Fox Hill Road south.

Police also did not say whether the woman’s body was dumped there, but the fisherman who discovered her said she was wearing a blue skirt and nothing else.

He added that the sight of the woman made him so emotional that he had to move far away from the body when he contacted police.

While the details surrounding the death are still not clear, The Nassau Guardian understands that the woman was badly beaten and raped.

This latest incident brings the country’s murder count to a record 118 for the year, up from last year’s record of 94.

This is also the 16th female murdered this year, which is also a record high.

The highest number of females murdered in one year previously stood at 10, which was recorded in 2009.

Women’s deaths have been notably violent this year.

On January 12, school teacher Denise Adderley, 37, was shot in the head six times at a gas station on Wulff Road. Three days later, police discovered the body of Indera Barry, 26, of Elizabeth Estates.  She had been shot in the head and left at a dump site.

Just over a month later, on February 28, 61-year-old Yvonne Adderley of Abaco, was found dead with head injuries.

In another matter, 14-year-old Jeffonya Rolle, was shot to death on March 13 in a car in front of her family’s home.

Later that month, Elex Tina McKenzie was found in a garbage bag on the side of a road in eastern New Providence.  Her face had been ducked taped.  It is believed that she suffocated.

On March 30, Carrol Jean Jacques, 31, was shot on Bacardi Road in front of her young daughter.

Particularly brutal was the April 7 death of Nellie Brown-Cox, 40.  She was chopped about the body.

On June 18, Kaynisha McBride of Grand Bahama, was shot in the head on that island.  A week later on July 30, Erica Ward, 30, who was eight months pregnant, and Chackara Rahming, 34, were shot during a triple shooting.  A man also died during that incident.

On August 12, Courtney McKenzie, 17, of Exuma, was stabbed to death and two days later on San Salvador Onieka Johnson, 21, was also stabbed to death.

Another pregnant woman, Beresha Glinton-Lewis, 30, was shot to death on August 17.

On October 22, 15-year-old Reshea Gibson was stabbed to death – in the neck area – at her residence on Sunshine Way.

Saunders’ body was discovered on an unpaved tract road that leads from Joan Heights Way to Cox Way, just off East Street.

Active police investigations into this latest murder are ongoing.

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