A murder investigation is underway after a New York City model was found dead with her throat slashed in Jamaica. The blood soaked body of Desiree Hyacinth Gibbon, 26, was found in bushes in the town of Anchovy, about four miles south of Montego Bay, reports Loop Jamaica. The website says that Gibbon’s body was found at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of November 26. Their description says that Gibbon’s was “caked in blood.”
Gibbon was a native of Hollis in Queens, New York. She is survived by her two sisters, Mariah and Chloe, and her parents. Gibbon was a graduate of Incarnation Catholic Academy and Bejamin N. Cardozo High School while she also attended the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria for a year, according to a tribute on the Incarnation Facebook page.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Gibbon Was Last Seen on Thanksgiving
Loop Jamaica reports that Gibbon arrived in the country on October 20 and had a three month limit on her stay. The website says that Gibbon had been given the proper work permit credentials in order to look for a job. Her body was identified by a family relative who had last seen Gibbon on Thanksgiving, November 23. It was Gibbon’s third time in Jamaica.
The New York Daily News reports that Gibbon’s father is a native of Jamaica. Her parents arrived in the country on November 29. The tabloid reports that Gibbon was due to fly back to New York on November 28 in order to work at a record label that was run by a friend.
2. Gibbon’s Mother Said ‘Devastated’ Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe How She Feels
Her mother, Andrea Cali-Gibbon, told the Daily News, “We were very close, so you can imagine, when I got the news, ‘devastated’ doesn’t begin to describe it… The brutality is what killed me. She was beaten and had her throat sliced open… She was a tough cookie. I know she fought until she drew her last breath. I know she did. And I’m certain that her last thought was’ ‘Will my mom be OK if I don’t make it?’”
3. Gibbon Was a Model, Beauty Pageant Contestant & Appeared on Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues
Gibbon was a model, beauty pageant contestant and her youth appeared in an episode of Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. Her mother told the Daily News that her daughter “wanted to travel to countries and try things and experience cultures.” Cali-Gibbon added that Gibbon wanted to work as a bartender on the island as a means to save money to attend film school in Europe.
4. There Has Been No Word From Jamaican Police About an Arrest in the Case
Loop Jamaica reports that there have been no arrests in the murder nor has a motive been established. Her mother told the Daily News that Gibbon “didn’t venture out on her own. It was somebody she trusted.”
5. Americans Have Long Been Warned About the Risks of Traveling to Jamaica
The U.S. Department of State has long warned U.S. citizens of the dangers of traveling to Jamaica. However, most of the violent crime is associated with the island’s capital, Kingston and suburb, New Kingston. Although warnings do include the country’s main tourist area, Montego Bay. Despite the high murder rate in the country, as World Nomads points out, tourists are far more likely to be a victim of petty theft than a violent attack.
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