Murdered Venezuelans were dentist, businessman
By NALINEE SEELAL Tuesday, October 8 2013
HOMICIDE Investigations Bureau detectives within Southern Division, led by Superintendent Cyril Harry yesterday approached Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) South Joan Honore-Paul for advice as investigations continued into the murders of Venezuelan couple Jose Vasquez Marcano, 33, a businessman and Gladys Otize, 34, a dentist.
Harry confirmed that a 24-year-old central Trinidad man, who was detained following the discovery of the bodies, is still in custody and assisting police in their enquiries. “Investigations have reached a stage where instructions are being sought from the Deputy DPP for south Trinidad,” Harry said.
He added relatives of the murder victims were expected in the country late yesterday and he expects them to be at the Forensic Science Centre, St James today, to make a formal, positive ID on the bodies.
Newsday understands the suspect who was detained at his Longdenville home last Tuesday has claimed his car was stolen at gunpoint two Saturdays ago and his house shot at.
Police recovered two .9 mm bullet casings from outside the man’s house.
The suspect was first taken to a police station in Northern Division for questioning and then transferred to the Gasparillo Police Station where he was again investigated. Police records revealed the man has a previous conviction for larceny of a car. Police were able to trace the identity of the suspect after his car was found close to the scene where the bodies were found at a cocoa estate in Brasso Piedra, Flanagin Town last Tuesday.
Police also found in the trunk of the car, a blue suitcase belonging to Marcano.
The car was taken to Cumuto along with the suitcase where it was processed. Yesterday, forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov told Newsday all the pieces of jewelery and valuables found on the bodies of the two victims remained lodged in his office for safe keeping and will be handed over to their relatives, after formal identifications are made.
Alexandrov said based on photographs shown to him it matched the two victims. According to Alexandrov after he completed his autopsies he described the killings as being carried out execution style. Both Marcano and Otize were shot four times by their killers. Alexandrov also maintained that the victims were shot in a sitting position at point blank range and their bodies dumped at Flanagin Town.
He said he would have been able to make a better assessment of when the couple may have been murdered or get more details had he been called to the crime scene last Tuesday. During the autopsies it was Alexandrov who found two boarding passes in the pocket of Marcano which bore his and Otize’s names and a date, September 29. It was this information which also confirmed earlier information on the identities of the two bodies.