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Anneicia 'Smally' Lewis.

An autopsy conducted on the body of Bagatelle resident Anneicia Lewis has confirmed that death was due to drowning. The autopsy was conducted yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre.

However, Guardian Media understands that the person Lewis was with at the time of the incident is still being investigated and questioned by police. A three-day search came to a tragic end on Sunday morning when Lewis’ body was discovered floating at the mouth of the Diego Martin River. Lewis was the mother of a 12-year-old girl.

According to a police report, at about 6:50 am police officers recovered a female body South West of the Bagatelle River in the vicinity of the La Riviera Towers in Westmoorings. Officers received a telephone call which led the TTPS Coastal and Riverine Unit to the discovery of the drifting body. The officers were able to retrieve and bring the body to shore which was then identified by Abbion Phillip, Lewis’ brother. Lewis, 36, of Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin was reported missing on Friday.

According to reports made at the West End Police Station, at about 1 pm on Friday, Lewis and a friend decided to take a walk along a track that leads to the falls in Fond Palmiste. At about 2 pm there was a heavy downpour which made the path nearly impassable and Lewis reportedly decided to turn around and head out because of the rising waters. 

A search party was formed, which consisted of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) Air Support Unit, Coastal and Riverine Unit, Cyber Crime Unit, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service Santa Cruz Search and Rescue unit and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Camp Ogden before she was eventually found.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat