ANCHOVY, Jamaica — A New York model who had recently moved to Jamaica to find a job at a hotel was found brutally murdered on a rural road with her throat slashed, police said.
The blood-splattered body of Desiree Hyacinth Gibbon, 26, was discovered lying in the bushes alongside the road outside of Montego Bay on Sunday, three days after she had last been seen by relatives, Jamaican police said.
Gibbon, who hails from Queens in New York City had arrived in Jamaica in late October and had been staying at a hotel run by her grandmother while searching for a bartending job at another hotel on the island, relatives said.
“She wanted to travel to countries and try things and experience cultures,” her Queens mother Andrea Cali-Gibbon told the Daily News.
She said her daughter frequently traveled around the world and once taught English to kids in Brazil. She said Gibbon wouldn’t likely wandered off alone, so she suspected her daughter had been lured out by someone she knew.
“She was a tough cookie,” her mother said. “I know she fought until she drew her last breath. I know she did.”
It took several days for Jamaican authorities to identify Gibbon, requiring detectives to take her photo to resorts in the Montego Bay area.
Police told LoopJamaica.com that they had not yet identified a motive and were continuing to investigate.