Caribbean Police hunt for woman after British man found dead on life raft

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Caribbean Police are searching for a woman after the body of a 53-year-old British man was found on a partially burned raft around 17 miles off south western Saint Vincent.

John Garner was found with injuries to his head and both legs after the coast guard answered reports of a burning yacht out at sea. Police have opened a murder investigation and said they are looking for a Heidi Hukkelaas, who they suspect was with Garner on the boat.

St Vincent police commissioner Michael Charles reportedly said: “We are treating the death as suspicious and are looking at all lines of inquiry.

“We suspect foul play and will investigate the matter fully. Miss Hukkelaas is a person of interest and as with every murder investigation we have to look at everyone and everything and will leave no stones unturned.”

Mr Garner was taken to Milton Cato Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to local media reports.

The Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force said that Mr Garner’s yacht Asante was registered in Gibraltar and debris and an oil spill were discovered out at sea, where police believe it sank.

By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer 
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