Canacona police, who identified the body as that of 28-year-old Irish Woman Daniel McLeughim, have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
MARGAO/CANACONA: In a rude reminder of the 2008 Scarlett Keeling case, a body of an Irish woman was found under enigmatic circumstances, in a nude state, at a remote spot at Adnem, Devabag, Canacona on Tuesday morning.
Canacona police, who identified the body as that of 28-year-old Irish national Daniel McLeughim, have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
DySP Sammy Tavares, who was at the site, expressed to reporters that the body has been sent to the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim to determine whether the woman was raped before being killed.
Police sources informed that a local, Prashant Komarpant, observed the body while he was on his way to the fields, at a woody spot some 300m from a kaccha road leading to some fields, and informed to the Police.
“Considering the state in which the body was found, and the injuries are visible on her face, we concluded that that it was a case of murder,” Canacona PI Filomeno Costa said to the source.
Police sources stated that the Irish woman was staying at Arambol and had come down to Palolem beach on Monday. The police suspect she was done to death the same night.
A sniffer dog squad, besides forensic and fingerprint experts, were forced into service. Some clues – empty beer cans, chip packets and bottle shards – have been collected, but the police are yet to get any specific leads. While the police found the deceased’s clothes, they are yet to locate the murder weapon.
“We are investigating in all angles,” Filomeno Costa stated.
Unconfirmed reports stated that the victim was seen at some sheds at the nearby Patnem beach along with “friends” late Monday evening. Filomeno Costa expressed to the source that they are verifying the same and are studying the CCTV footage of all the shacks the victim visited on an ill-fated night.
So far the police has interrogated 6 suspects. The search for the victim’s passport and belongings is on.
The incident has brought back memories of the suspected murder of a British teenager, Scarlett Keeling, at a shack in Anjuna in 2008, after being allegedly drugged and raped.