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Decomposed body possibly missing teacher’s ; DNA test to be conducted

Government Pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh (second from left) and crime scene investigators at the scene where the decomposed remains of a woman were found at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara.

The decomposed remains of a woman’s body found in a clump of bushes at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara might be those of a missing school teacher, according to investigators.

The sources said a DNA test would have to be done to confirm whether the remains are those of 34-year old Nyzoi Goodman because Government Pathologist, Nehaul Singh ‘s findings were “inconclusive.”

Singh performed an on-scene autopsy of the body in the presence of several crime scene investigators.

While the identity of the woman was not confirmed, sources said the Pathologist concluded that the skeleton was that of a woman between 25 and 40 years old and about 5 feet, five inches tall.  Another telling feature that the remains are those of Goodman were two decaying dentures that sleuths hope to match with photographs of the St. Stanislaus College teacher. The sources added that the ethnicity of the person was not determined because no hair was found.

In preparation for DNA tests, investigators have collected body parts that they hope to match with specimens to be taken from her toothbrush and hairbrush that were taken from her home.

Due to the state of the flesh, investigators believed that the person died about three weeks ago.

Goodman went missing around July 3 when one of her brothers last spoke with her. Her Digicel umbrella and brown handbag were found on July 19 in the Botanical Gardens and the decomposed remains discovered Wednesday evening at Liliendaal.

Goodman was last seen by colleague teachers and students at the National Gymnasium where she had gone to accompany the St. Stanislaus Basketball team to the National School’s Basketball Championship.