American model Desiree Gibbon’s unsolved murder has forced her family to call for the intervention of Prime Minister-designate Andrew Holness three years since the heinous killing.
Desiree’s mother, Andrea Gibbon, in an open letter to Holness, said that to date, no one has been held accountable for the brutal beating and murder of her firstborn child, whose body was found in bushes along the Long Hill main road in St James.
Gibbon went missing on November 25, 2017, from her grandmother’s bed-and-breakfast, Gibb’s Chateau, in Mt Salem, St James. She was found with her throat slit days later.
Andrea Gibbon believes that her daughter was killed elsewhere but that the killers transported her body and dumped it in bushes, where a property caretaker nearby stumbled upon her corpse.
“I want answers. I need justice for my beloved daughter. She was my world, my life, my fame. She is the best thing I ever did,” the mother pleaded.
“I’m sure you can say the same when you look at your sons, Adam and Matthew.”
Questioning the perceived callousness and ease with which Jamaicans have come to accept murder as a normal way of life, Gibbon accused the police who are investigating the case of covering up her daughter’s murder.
She said she learnt of the murder after a Jamaican reporter alerted the New York press.
“What a shame! The detectives working on Desiree’s case have failed to follow up leads given to them. They deleted her phone records received from AT&T as one detective informed us that they were not useful and proceeded to say he only requested one day of records,” the mother charged.
Gibbon claims that evidence taken from the murder scene (one Tory Burch flip flop) was given to Desiree’s uncle at her grandmother’s bed and breakfast and was not kept for evidence and swabbed for DNA.