Body of 13-Y-O Found Soaking With Chemicals in Bathtub at Teacher's Home

13-year-old Shanoya Wray left home like a thief in the night of July 15, her relatives who quickly reported her missing had no clue she would not return home alive.

Not a single day during the week in which they awaited her return did they think that she would have turned up dead and that her alleged killer would be a Trinidadian teacher, Sanju Maharaj, who is currently before the court on a sex charge with her as the complainant.

Five days later the family's hope quickly turned to heart-rending grief when relatives were asked to submit to DNA testing which confirmed that the skeletal remains that were found soaking in a bathtub with chemicals at premises on Walley Close, in Kingston, on July 20 belonged to the missing teenager.

Hall, who said she has been unable to eat or sleep properly since her daughter's death, said the police were only able to recover few pieces of bone and a skull.

Doctor predicts that another day in the state at which the remains were found would have no trace, no bones, no smell.

A neighbour who was concerned about an unpleasant stench from next door after cleaning his home alerted the police. The neighbour reportedly used a ladder to climb up and peep through a window over into the premises and made the unfortunate discovery.

Shanoya Wray

According to Hall, based on the state of the remains, she was informed that an autopsy could not be done. The police, she said, have since theorised that a caustic substance was used to burn the teen's body.

She said that she was also told by the police that neighbours had allegedly seen a man burning female clothing and braids. Her daughter, she said, was wearing braids at the time she went missing.

A 19-year-old resident of Harbour View in Kingston, Lenardo Madden, believed to be a close friend of the Trinidadian and who was allegedly at the house when the police made the gruesome discovery was later charged along with Maharaj with murder, accessory after the fact, and misprision of felony.

The Trinidadian teacher was arrested and charged last year after Shanoya was found at his home a day after she didn't return home from school.

She said around October of last year her daughter, who was then a 12-year-old grade seven student at New Day All-Age School did not come home after school.

Maharaj, who was on teaching practice at the school at the time, was out on bail and had been scheduled to reappear in court this November on carnal abuse charge.

The family is hoping they will get justice in the court.

The two accused are expected to appear in court tomorrow.



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