A post-mortem examination that was done on the body of a 17-year-old student who was found dead on the busy George Lee Boulevard in Portmore, St Catherine, shortly after a communication indicated that she had suspicion about a taxi in which she was travelling, has revealed that she was murdered.
The autopsy that was done on Friday, established that Ariell Lawrence died from two bullet wounds to the head.
As a result of the clarity on the cause of death, the Greater Portmore police have launched a full-scale homicide investigation into the incident.
Lawrence’s body was found along the major thoroughfare near the Town Centre Plaza two weeks ago after she boarded a taxi on the way to her home in Spanish Town in the same parish.
Reports have emerged that Lawrence had visited a friend in Portmore, following which she boarded a taxi for home.
But shortly after 1:00 a.m., her body was found along the roadway.
Police reports indicated that after boarding the taxi, she sent a message by telephone to a friend, indicating that she had issues in the vehicle.
The incident occurred during a period in which the police have been warning commuters about a series of abductions being perpetrated by men posing as taxi operators, especially in the Corporate Area and Portmore.