Police in Grenada have charged a man with non-capital murder in the case of a New Brunswick woman who disappeared more than a week ago on the small Caribbean island.
“The mere fact that he has been charged non-capital it means that the police are satisfied, with sufficient reason to believe that the person’s death was intentional,” Supt. Sylvan McIntyre told Global News Monday.
The 26-year-old turned himself in Friday after police deemed him a person of interest in connection with Linnea Vienotte’s disappearance.
“This is not an unusual charge,” McIntyre said.
A release from Royal Grenada Police said Linnea died “as a result of blunt force trauma to the chest and lower limb due to a vehicular accident.”
It goes on to say that they located Linnea’s body after Frank led police to a wooded area in Golf Course, St. Georges.
He has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. His trial is set to begin on Jan. 19.
According to the news publication “Now Grenada,” non-capital murder is “liable to imprisonment for life,” but the person isn’t, in most cases, sentenced to death.
Family mourns loss of mother, wife, daughter
The mother of two young sons was reported missing last Sunday after leaving the family home to go jogging with her dog Nico.
A Facebook page says Linnea was born in New Denmark, N.B., and has a home in Nova Scotia. A post on the page Saturday from a Matt Veinotte, who identified himself as Linnea’s husband, said he is feeling hurt and lost.
“Linnea has had such an amazing impact on the lives of so many people. She touched people in everything she did. Her love for the world was contagious. She truly made this world a better place. And without her in it, it won’t be the same,” Matt said in the post.
Rev. Doug Moore, Linnea’s father, said there was “a lot of closure when the fellow came forward.”
“I’ll be happy when my wife gets back. It’ll be easier when we’re together,” he said Monday.
Moore said his wife and daughter would be arriving in Fredericton Tuesday. Matt Veinotte, Linnea’s husband, and their two sons, would be arriving into Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, sometime this week.
A service for Linnea will be held in Lunenburg on Sunday afternoon.
Rev. Moore said earlier that his daughter was in Grenada two years ago for a year and then returned to Canada, where she worked as a professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She went back to Grenada after getting a job as a learning specialist at St. George’s University.
Last week, police recovered a dark grey SUV about 10 to 16 kilometres from where Linnea was last seen.
Police have said a witness saw Linnea early Sunday morning and her dog in the neighbourhood of L’Anse aux Epines. Police have said witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a vehicle drive away quickly from the area.
They say officers found blood at the scene near where her dog was discovered lying on the side of the road after being struck by a car.
With files from The Canadian Press
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