Murder Investigation a Top Priority: Commissioner Matthews Says


On Tuesday newly appointed Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews announced that the murder investigation of Nickera Smith will be given top priority by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.

The Commissioner told the media: “You will all be aware of the tragic case of the missing young lady from the islands who now sadly is a murder inquiry, and that is receiving top priority by the superintendent’s team as we speak.”

“I’m not going to make any comment about whether we are close to solving it at this stage because that would [be]unfair [to]the detectives,” the Commissioner stated.

He explained that information such as the forensic report will be not be revealed: “You’ll never see me talk about specific details about an ongoing inquiry like that, but what I do commit to is [if]it’s clearly something of public interest, and as soon as we’ve got something that is an update, we will give it to you,” the Commissioner assured the media.

Last Thursday, 28 April Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James issued a statement confirming that the remains that were found in Hawks Nest, Tortola were confirmed to be those of Nickera Smith who had been reported missing by her family on 29 January.

Nickera Smith was last seen on 27 January leaving her Hope Hill address. She was at the time wearing a black/grey jacket, stone-washed three-quarter length pants and sneakers.