Detectives in C Division (East Coast Demerara) are now hunting an East Coast Demerara man for questioning in connection with the murder of Malika Hamilton, whose body was fished out of a canal at Hope, ECD.
Acting Crime Chief, Hugh Jessamy, said that based on diligent work the detectives were able to narrow down a list of names to one suspect.
It is believed that the man might have fled the area since visits to his home to arrest him, proved futile. The acting crime chief added that Police will soon issue a wanted bulletin for him.
On Friday, the post-mortem proved that the teen was strangled and sustained blunt force trauma to the head. It is believed that the teenager might have been strangled and struck to the head before she was thrown into the canal.
Due to the fact that the post-mortem revealed that she drowned, it means she was alive when she was thrown into the canal.
Young Hamilton of Lot 11 Two Friends Village, ECD, was last seen in the company of two boys; however, the boys reportedly told her family that they dropped her off at a canal in the village, claiming that she wanted to visit her grandmother.
Hamilton never showed up and after several calls to family enquiring of her whereabouts, the matter was reported to the Police. The family then launched a search on Monday evening but came up empty handed.
The search resumed on Tuesday and it was then the discovery was made and the body was immediately pulled from the canal. Relatives had immediately suspected that foul play was involved.