– husband vanishes
The body of a 32-year-old cosmetologist and hairdresser was discovered by family members in a pool of blood at her Lot 6 Public Road home at Onderneeming, West Coast Berbice around 19:30 hrs last night.
Rhonda Thompson’s body was discovered in the dining room of her residence, and police have launched a manhunt for her husband.
Family members were tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder, but it is strongly believed that Thompson’s husband, who resides in the same village, committed the heinous act.
Thompson’s mother, refused to speak to the media stating, “No comment; this village is in distress”.
Police related to Kaieteur News that Thompson was found with a “gaping wound to her throat”.
However, no murder weapon was found at the scene.
Reports suggest that the mother of one was slain when a little niece, who was with her, opened the door to let someone in. However, there are no reports of neighbours hearing of seeing anything suspicious. Police are attempting to locate the victim’s husband, Kensley Thompson, a carpenter and mason, who also drives a vehicle for a church in the community. Kaieteur News understands that close associates of the husband have tried to contact the man on his mobile phone, but have received no answer.
Close associates of the couple said that they had separated about three months ago, after allegedly learning that his wife was having an extra-marital relationship. This newspaper learnt that the couple was heard arguing on Saturday.
Thompson lived with an extended family in the home, including cousins and her son. It is not clear whether they were at home when the incident happened. Rhonda Thompson, originally from Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, operated the New Look Hair Salon and Cosmetology School at her residence.
Last night as news of the discovery spread throughout the area, scores of curious residents swarmed the scene shortly after 20:00 hrs to get a glimpse of the body as it was being brought down the steps of her home.
Then there were screams and shouts and wailing as the body, in a gurney, wrapped in a white sheet, was placed in a minibus bound for the Fort Wellington Hospital Mortuary.
Blood oozed out from the side of the sheet, leaving thick droplets on the steps as the corpse was moved.
Friends and village people who knew Thompson still congregated in front of her home even after the corpse was taken away.
The muttering and murmurs suggested that Thompson was a “very nice, very friendly person”. It was also stated that Thompson “saw with customers” in that she would “flex” with them whenever they came to do their hair even if they did not have all the money.
She appeared to be a well- loved and respected member in the community. She leaves to mourn her 15- year- old son, Akeem.
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