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Man in Jamaica charged with abduction and slaying of 39-year-old Trinidadian mother of three./ Daughter of Trinidad mayor found dead in Jamaica canefield

Coudray-Greaves, a languages teacher, was a 39-year-old Trinidadian mother of three. (File Photo)

Coudray-Greaves, a languages teacher, was a 39-year-old Trinidadian mother of three.

Jamaica police have filed abduction and murder charges against a 46-year-old man from western Jamaica in connection with the death of Trinidadian teacher and mother of three, Michelle Coudray-Greaves, media reports here said.

According to reports, Ivan Taylor of Lindos Hill, Withorn, in Westmoreland was formally charged on Saturday three weeks after being taken into custody following the June 11 discovery of Coudray-Greaves’s body in a burnt-out canefield in western Jamaica.

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Daughter of Trinidad mayor found dead in Jamaica canefield
Michelle Coudray’s mortal remains were burnt beyond recognition.

San Fernando mayor and deputy leader of Trinidad’s United National Congress (UNC) Marlene Coudray is battling to come to terms with a mother’s worst nightmare.  The body of her daughter Michelle Coudray was discovered on Sunday evening in a canefield in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Michelle’s mortal remains, burnt beyond recognition, were discovered shortly after 4:30 pm Jamaican time.  Identification was secured by dental records and a bracelet she wore.

Mayor Coudray was in the process of packing her suitcase to go to Jamaica in search of her missing daughter when she received a call from that country confirming her worse fears.

Earlier, Jamaica’s TV6 News had quoted Jamaica’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Steve Brown as saying a body had been found near the location where Michelle was last seen.

Now, Coudray’s trip with her partner Larry Achong has been transformed into the heartrending task of taking her daughter’s remains back home to Trinidad.

Prior to the tragic discovery, the mayor had made an impassioned appeal for the return of her daughter. “If someone has her, please release my daughter. She has three young children who are missing her,” she said.

Coudray has been taking care of Michelle’s children, who are 11, seven and five years-old respectively, since earlier this year while their mother taught Spanish and French at Cornwall College, a school in Montego Bay.

Michelle, 38, who was separated from her Jamaican husband, previously worked with Air Jamaica and at the Sandals Resort.

She had last visited Trinidad on May 6 for her son’s birthday. Her mother was at the time in Belize attending a government conference and asked her to stay until she returned. Michelle stayed for three weeks before returning to Jamaica. She reportedly called home on May 31 to say she had arrived safely.

Mayor Coudray explained that Michelle had been experiencing problems with her telephone, so she thought nothing of it when she did not initially respond to calls. She said her internet connection at home was also not working so they had no other contact with her.

Reports indicate that Michelle was last seen at about 12:30 am on June 2 in the Cornwall Courts area of St James, a few metres from her rented Montego Bay apartment.

The alarm was raised last week when Coudray’s estranged son-in-law’s mother called her and expressed concern that Michelle could not be found, after she failed to keep a date to visit the family. They also made a report to the police, whose investigations subsequently led to the tragic discovery.

 

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Comment by mr muzik on July 3, 2012 at 4:46pm

sad, very sad!!!!!!!  condolences to the family!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Jane Doe on July 3, 2012 at 7:32am
@TIG thanks Sis. It's hard to follow sometimes when strings of information are compiled on top of each other.
Comment by Jane Doe on July 3, 2012 at 2:54am
I wish the writers at CF wrote complete stories - who is the man in relation to the victim? What was his possible motive? What evidence lead the police to this man? LAWD
Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on July 3, 2012 at 2:23am

good lord

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on July 2, 2012 at 10:15pm

Hope justice would be swift for this heartless person

Comment by barbara glover on July 2, 2012 at 4:40pm

TALL ISLAND GIRL U FROM TRINIDAD

Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on July 2, 2012 at 4:33pm

no comment she never deserve that

Comment by barbara glover on July 2, 2012 at 1:46pm

 HOPE DEM HANG HIM TO RASS

Comment by Brother VuDu on June 18, 2012 at 5:23pm

I hadn't commented on this news thread all these days because I have been perplexed.

I was unable to digest this news, as well as other news I have been hearing from this island that I call home.

It's a terrible blow to my spirit, just to contemplate such madness as is becoming common place there.

One of my dearest friends, a 74year old man and his wife, were murdered one time when I was, like now, off the island. He was so beautiful, this man. He already had only one leg, but his demeanor and attitude was more uplifted than the average teenager. We'd talk, and reason on days I walked pass his yard. I looked forward to going that way on my travels, to hear his friendly chatter and see his smiling (always smiling) face.
He always greeted me as a family. Tears I shed as I write this and think about his most ignoble passing.
My friends, you here on this website, we must do more to enliven the world, enliven each other, with love, toleration and happiness.

May we all spread happiness like a jam on bread, til it drips off the edges.

I can not say what I truly feel right now, mostly because I can not even fathom it myself.
.I do know that this is our world and we must fix it. We can, we must.

May you all be blessed with Happiness!

Comment by barbara glover on June 15, 2012 at 4:24pm

i am so very sad to hear what is going on in jamaica  jamaica is a  blood bath  i am speechless to what is happen to my little island jamaica o my god  i have no more words left to express how i feel the police in jamaica is not doing there job as always mervin thanks for the info i am  afarid to go back home to jamaica to visit my family that lady them killed was a teacher she was doing a good job my heart goes out to her family i see that he is  the mayor of trinidad may god comfort them at this time i love all the island she love jamaica too

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