Dead woman's parents frustration at police investigation

PUBLISHED: 13:30 11 November 2010




THE family of a woman from Weston who died after being found starving in her Caribbean apartment say they are becoming frustrated with the island's authorities.

Virginia Owen, aged 48, died in hospital a day after she was found emaciated in her Dominican Republic home on October 13.

Yet a month on, parents Rosemary and John Walkley claim to have still heard no word from the country’s police.

The couple, who live in Dunster Crescent, say they are even unsure about the stage of investigation into their daughter’s death.

Rosemary said: “The whole thing has become frustrating because we have little idea as to what police are doing.

“We think there is an investigation going on, but we’ve heard no word from police or the British embassy.

“We’re just desperate that those responsible are bought to justice, yet we know nothing. The whole thing is still a mystery to us.”

Virginia, who moved to the island four years ago, was found in her apartment in Sousua by her brother Daniel who flew out after becoming concerned about her health.

She had been living with two people including her ex-boyfriend, Swedish national Hans Michelle Magnusson.

Two weeks ago her ashes were bought back over from the Caribbean and have now been placed in her old bedroom at her parents’ home.

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