By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE have officially classified the death of 17-year-old Altarnika Young as a homicide according Paul Rolle, officer in charge of the Central Detective Unit.
Police have three men in custody, two 17-year-olds and one 18-year-old, in connection with the matter.
Altranika’s body was found on Sunday near St Augustine’s College and Monastery.
Police say a passerby was jogging on a road just east of the Monastery around 6pm when he saw the young girl’s lifeless body.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel.
There were no visible signs of injury on her body and an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.
While remaining tight lipped on the autopsy findings, Mr Rolle said what they found points to murder.
The Tribune understands that the teen was strangled.
Mr Rolle said it is too early in the investigation to say if and when charges will be brought.
Her murder pushed the country’s homicide count for the year to 69.
• In other crime news, a 21-year-old man is in hospital after being shot on Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports, at around 5pm the victim was at Augusta Street when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun who shot him to the shoulder and leg.
The victim was taken to hospital in a private vehicle and was listed in stable condition last night. A short while later, police detained a 17-year-old boy for questioning over the incident.