Melanie woman was buried in shallow grave with her cell phone
Joan Durant, the woman whose body was dug up from an unfinished bathroom in her Melanie Damishana home was buried with her cellular phone.
The phone was recovered in a handbag which the woman was still clutching when her body was discovered.
The discovery of the cellular phone has shed light on why the woman’s cellular phone went unanswered when her relatives tried contacting her on the day she disappeared.
Durant’s husband, Gordon Leslie Durant, has been charged for her murder. He was remanded to prison on Friday, a day after her body was discovered.
The man who was unrepresented by counsel at his first court appearance had told investigators that the woman had packed a bag and had walked out of the house after they had a quarrel on Tuesday.
But the woman’s sons and other relatives were convinced that something terrible had happened to her.
Several calls to Durant’s cellular phone had gone unanswered.
“She is not a person who would leave just so and don’t make contact with nobody,” one neighbour told this newspaper.
One of Durant’s sons, Gregory Perreira, who works as a gold miner, related that on Tuesday morning he contacted his mother on her cellular phone, informing her that he was on his way out from the interior.
“I call mom when I reach Linden and ah tell she dat how I coming home. She tell me when I reach by me grandmother I must call she,” Perreira said.
The young man, who does not live with his mother, told this newspaper that when he arrived at his grandmother’s house in Melanie Damishana, he called his mother’s phone again around 1pm (13:00hrs).
“The last words I hear from she is ‘ah coming!’ After den I can’t get back no contact with she,” Perreira added.