guardian.co.tt-The 30-year-old suspect who was taken into custody following the discovery of the decomposing body of Hermina Doughty has been charged.
The man of North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande is expected to appear before an Arima magistrate on Wednesday morning.
An autopsy conducted on the body was inconclusive as it was in an advanced state of decomposition, according to investigators.
The file was however completed by investigators and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions who gave the instruction to lay the charge of murder on Tuesday evening.
One week after she was reported missing, the sister of Independent Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye was found dead.
The decomposing body of retired nurse of Trincity was found at St Michael’s Road, Tacarigua on Sunday.
Doughty was last seen on August 17 as she drove her silver Nissan Wingroad car north along Dinsley Road towards the Eastern Main Road.
Relatives became alarmed after Doughty failed to attend a family mass at the Arouca Holy Trinity RC Church on August 18, and the Towers Prayer Group meeting of the RC Cathedral on August 19.
Even though checks were carried out at hospitals, hotels and other public places–efforts to locate her proved futile.
In a social media post shortly after, relatives appealed for the public’s assistance to locate Doughty and urged citizens to contact the TTPS with any information.
As officers in the Northern Division continued searching for Doughty and her missing vehicle, investigations took to them a house at St Michael’s Road, where one man was detained in connection with the matter.
It is believed the man assisted officers with locating Doughty’s body.
Awarded the Florence Nightingale Award for excellence in nursing, Doughty had been in charge of the Blanchisseuse Health Centre for a number of years. Until very recently, Doughty had been posted at the Arima Health Facility.