Family of slain American model requests an independent autopsy

first_imgThe family of a slain American model from Queens, New York, say they will be seeking an independent autopsy once her body is returned to the U.S from Jamaica.Peggy Brunner, the aunt of Desiree Gibbon who was found dead in a lonely deserted off beaten path surrounded by bushes in Anchovy, a small northwestern Jamaican town.Throat slashedReports indicate her throat was slashed and her wrists bruised. Her body was found fully clothed but without her phone and a sandal on Nov. 26thby locals. On Tuesday her parents, Andrea and Gairy Gibbon, viewed their daughter’s dead body for the first time at Doyley’s Funeral Home in Westmoreland Parish, according to the NY Daily News and Brunner’s Go Fund Me Post.Brunner said her niece’s body may not be handed over and returned to the US this week, but she has started making funeral arrangements “…we are seeking an independent autopsy when she gets home.”Sought work in JamaicaThe 26-year-old aspiring model had reportedly traveled to Jamaica on Oct. 20, looking for work that she hoped would pay for film school in Europe and was staying at a hotel owned by her grandmother in Jamaica.Go Fund Me AccountThe family has so far raised over US$33,000 of their $40,000 Go Fund Me  goal for funeral expenses and to bring the body back to the U.S. Some 667 people donated the money in just 7 days.Police in Jamaica have so far made no arrests in the case. The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens that “violent crime is a serious problem throughout Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay.”The State Department especially warns travelers to beware of Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street and Hart Street in Montego Bay.(News Americas Now)last_img read more

Only 1 Week Left to Sign Up and Be Counted for the

first_imgFor new and beginning farmers – who may have not filled out a Census before – this is your first opportunity to be counted and make your voices heard.Currently, the census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through June 30 here. The survey takes less than a minute – and will ensure that you receive a Census form (that you can fill out in paper form or online.)  If a farmer/rancher is not on our list frame by June 30, the producer will not have an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.For more information about the census, please click here, follow NASS on Twitter @usda_nass, or call (800) 727-9540.last_img read more