A post-mortem examination was carried out earlier today on Malinda Niewenkirk, 19, under the supervision of Government Pathologist Dr. Dehaul Singh.
Dr. Singh determined the cause of death to be a compression injury to the neck, suggestive of hanging. According to police statements, the autopsy revealed no additional injuries or marks on Niewenkirk’s body.
Niewenkirk was discovered in her Lusignan residence early last Friday. Her mother, Debra Niewenkirk, plans to commission a private autopsy, asserting her belief that her daughter wouldn’t have taken her own life, particularly given certain suspicious circumstances she observed.
The Guyana Police Force has since released the body to the family for funeral preparations.
Both her mother and grandmother were present to identify her remains before the post-mortem procedure.
In a disconcerting development, close friends of the deceased shared that Niewenkirk had ended her association with a 36-year-old man just before her untimely death. They revealed that she frequently confided in them about threats from this individual. Strikingly, footage from just hours before discovering her body shows the same man departing from her apartment.
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