Marigot:— The decomposed body found on Netlle Bay beach turned out to be that of a Haitian national (33). The dead man has been identified through DNA testing the gendarmes stated in a press release. The body was found on May 26th on the beach not far away from Nettle Bay Hotel, at the time there was no identification on the corpse and no on French side did not file a missing person report with the Gendarmes.
According to the coroner report, the victim died of drowning a few days before his body washed ashore.
An investigation was opened and entrusted to the community of St. Martin/St. Maarten to determine the causes of death and identify the victim.
Days later, investigators received a statement after the discovery of the victim was published in the newspapers on online news which signaled the disappearance of a faithful church goer from Cole Bay St Maarten. A missing person report was also published in the Dutch newspapers.
The military then proceeded and seized the missing man toothbrush in order conduct DNA testing. The victim is a young Haitian 33 years. The investigation determined that he died by drowning and death dates back to a few days before the body was discovered. As directed by the prosecutor, the body was handed over to the family. The results that the gendarmes received turned out to be that of the missing man from the Dutch side. The French Prosecutor has since decided to hand over the corpse to the relatives.
Source: St. Martin News Network
Decomposed body found on Nettle Bay Identified — Corpse turned over to relatives.