ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada — Police in Grenada say they believe a body found on the south side of the small Caribbean island is that of a missing New Brunswick woman who disappeared while jogging with her dog on Sunday.
Assistant Supt. Sylvan McIntyre of the Royal Grenada Police Force said late Friday that police were still awaiting autopsy results to be sure the remains found were those of Linnea Veinotte.
"There is no positive and expert identification at the moment," said McIntyre. "Based on physical evidence in the area where the body was found we believe it could be her."
Meanwhile, a Facebook page dedicated to the search for the missing woman was renamed "In Memory of Linnea Veinotte."
"This page will become a memorial to Linnea Veinotte at the request of her family,'' the post said.
A photo of Linnea Veinotte posted to her memorial page on Facebook. (Facebook/In Memory of Linnea Veinotte)
St. George's University, where the 36-year-old worked, also released a statement via Twitter saying her body had been found.
McIntyre added that a person of interest in the case was still in custody, although no formal charges had been laid.
Police were questioning a 26-year-old man who had turned himself in after being wanted in connection with the disappearance of Veinotte.
McIntyre said Akim Frank walked into the police station early Friday.
"He's assisting us with the investigation at this point," said McIntyre.
In an earlier release, police said Frank could be armed and was considered extremely dangerous.
Veinotte's father, Rev. Doug Moore, said earlier that his daughter was in Grenada for a year two years ago and then returned to Canada, where she worked as a professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She went back to Grenada after getting a job offer at St. George's University.
"She was a learning specialist. She helped people who were having a hard time to study and get through university,'' Moore said.
"She liked it there."
Details on the police investigation
On Thursday, police recovered a dark grey SUV about 10 to 16 kilometres from where Veinotte was last seen.
Police have said a witness saw Veinotte, a mother of two young boys, early Sunday morning with her dog Nico in the neighbourhood of L'Anse aux Epines.
Police have said witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a vehicle drive away quickly from the area.
They say officers found blood at the scene near where her dog was discovered lying on the side of the road after being struck by a car.
McIntyre said they did not have information to suggest Veinotte was hit by the car as well.
They also said a black bandana, sunglasses and broken glass were found at the site.
The Facebook page says Veinotte was born in New Denmark, N.B., and has a home in Nova Scotia.
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