Linnea Veinotte died of blunt force trauma, say Grenada police
Akim Frank, 26, turned himself in to police after New Brunswick woman's death
Authorities in Grenada say Linnea Veinotte, a Canadian woman who disappeared on Dec. 6, died as a result of "blunt force trauma to the chest and lower limb due to a vehicular accident."
A charge of non-capital murder has been laid against the man who turned himself in to police in Grenada last week in connection with the disappearance of Veinotte.
Linnea Veinotte, a 36-year-old mother of two, disappeared while out with her dog early on the morning of Dec. 6. The dog was found on Coral Crescent and appeared to have been hit by a vehicle.
At a news conference Monday, Winston James, acting commissioner of police, said a pair of sunglasses and a headband were found at the scene and were later identified as belonging to the missing woman.
"Pieces of broken glass from a vehicle headlamp were also found on the road," he said.
The Royal Grenada Police Force later identified Akim Frank, 26, as a person of interest. He turned himself in to police early Friday and led investigators to Veinotte's body later that day in the Gulf Course/Woodlands area outside St. George's, Grenada's capital city.
Shere-Ann Noel, an award-winning reporter with Community Channel 6 in Grenada, said Frank appeared before Magistrate Tamara Gill at 9 a.m. local time Monday to hear the charge of non-capital murder, and he will be back in court on Dec. 30.
Noel said police revealed at the news conference they have a total of nine witnesses, and "five are civilians."
She said police haven't revealed much more about the case. There are unconfirmed reports, however, that the vehicle Frank was allegedly driving when Veinotte and her dog were hit belonged to his boss at one of the guest houses in the south of the island.
Earlier Monday, the statement from Grenada police did not give the specific charge against Frank.
Her father lives in Fredericton and is a pastor at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Veinotte, her husband Matt Veinotte and their children moved to Grenada a few months ago. She was working in the student learning centre at St. George's University.
Her father said the family had lived in Grenada before returning to the Maritimes for a year as Veinotte completed her postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Her godfather, Christian Armstrong of New Denmark, N.B., said he'd last seen Veinotte in the summer when she was home for a visit. He said she was planning to come back this month.
"Linnea was big for Christmas," he said. "She was planning on come [home]."
- "An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated non-capital murder is unintentional. In fact, a murder charge does require evidence of intent."Dec 16, 2015 1:08 PM AT