Features — 31 October 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
After 1 year, still no arrest for brutal murder of Canadian woman

CONSEJO SHORES, Corozal Town–Today, exactly one year since she was killed, police still have no leads into the murder of Canada national, Patricia Lynn Nichiporowich, 57, a resident of Consejo Shores, Corozal District, who died after she was stabbed about eight times and her throat was slashed in her Consejo Shores home by a killer or killers who invaded her home between 5:30 and 6:30 Tuesday evening, October 29, 2013.

Nichiporowich’s neighbors told police that they heard screams for help coming from the house, and they became concerned. They began to honk their horns, but saw no one exit the house. They went to see what was happening, but the bottom of the 2-flat concrete house was properly secured with burglar bars, with the only access to the upper part of the building being a stairway, well-secured by a burglar-barred door.

Neighbors got a ladder and climbed onto the verandah of the upper flat, where Nichiporowich resides, and they found her inside the living room, dead, in pools of her blood; she had been stabbed multiple times in the neck and body.

At first observation, a number of cut wounds were seen on the body, which appeared to have been caused by a machete. According to police, it also appeared that she had been raped, but this was not confirmed by the autopsy conducted on her corpse.

Because of unexplained footprints found outside the residence, police had declared the incident a home invasion. Footprints seen on the wall leading to the second floor seem to confirm the hypothesis that the killer or killers climbed from the side of the building to gain entrance.

Assistant Superintendent Daniel Arzu, commander of the Corozal Police Formation, said that they observed expensive electronic items such as iPods and cellphones, in the home, which suggested to them that the intruders departed quickly, even though they apparently had gone to rob Nichiporowich.

Today, exactly one year after the home invasion and brutal murder, police still have no suspects. They say they are seeking the public’s assistance to solve the murder. Anyone with information about the murder of Patricia Lynn Nichiporowich is urged to contact Corozal police at 402-0022, the nearest police station, or 0800-922 TIPS.

Nichiporowich was recognized internationally by Who’s Who, an international organization, for her dedication, leadership and excellence as an Indoor Air Quality and Radon Measurement Specialist.

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