Police at the scene on Market Street.
By Morgan Adderley
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE have identified the body of man found in the old City Market building as Derek Cartwright, age 54, of Anderson Street.
Cartwright’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to the body, according to police, who believe he was the victim of a homicide.
His death is the first homicide for the year in New Providence and the fourth nationwide.
The victim’s body was found shortly after noon on Thursday in the derelict building on Market Street.
When asked by reporters if it were known what type of weapon could have inflicted the victim’s injuries, Superintendent Shanta Knowles, police press liaison officer, said: “It appears to have been different objects. Right now, I can’t nail it down to say exactly which one, but we know that the body has blunt force trauma to various parts of the body.”
“However, we are asking members of the public— we know that this thoroughfare or this parking lot is used by lots of persons to travel from Market Street onto East Street, or in that vicinity – (we ask anyone) who may have seen anything that can give us clues or leads into this matter to give us a call on the Crime Stoppers line. The number is 328-TIPS (328-8477). At Central Detective Unit, 502-9991/2. Or on our emergency lines: 911 and 919.”
Three people were murdered earlier this month in separate incidents which all occurred in Grand Bahama.
Two severely decomposed male bodies were also found in Abaco last weekend; however, officials are still waiting on autopsy results to confirm the cause of death.