Reports have revealed that an autopsy is yet to be concluded on the late Cynthia Osokogu, the victim in the shocking BlackBerry murder case.
Cynthia, 24, who was murdered by two men she reportedly befriended via a BBM group, was set to be buried on September 7, yet the Sunday Vanguard revealed that police only wrapped up forensic investigations on Saturday.
A police source said the body was withheld for some “last-minute checks”, adding that “if the body had been hastily released for burial as scheduled by the family and the need for other checks arose, it would have created complications for the case. Do you now go and exhume the body?
“If you do that, you would be working on a body that would have been contaminated such that whatever findings you then make would never be tenable.”
The source said police authorities were eager to do everything within their power to ensure they have an airtight case when the suspects in the murder go to trial.
“Expert opinion in such a volatile case is needed and vital because the pathologist would be called in as a witness to come and testify regarding his findings. The pathologist is a very renowned pathologist in forensic science and is head pathologist of LASUTH,” the source said.
Cynthia’s body will be released, the source said, when the results and findings of the forensic investigation are compiled.
“As soon as the result and findings are ready, the parents of Cynthia would be called upon to come and pick the body of their daughter. That is the situation”.
The only daughter of a retired army general, Cynthia Osokogu will be laid to rest in Delta state, reports have said. The young boutique owner was murdered during a trip to Lagos while visiting with a man she had befriended via BlackBerry messenger. She was allegedly drugged, raped, robbed and then beaten to death by her friend and his accomplice.
Her body was found in Casmillo Hotel in Festac Town in Lagos, where the suspect had invited her.