A 61-year-old woman from Long Island was found dead in Turks and Caicos, and authorities are investigating her death as a homicide.
According to a Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force news release obtained by the Daily News, Marie Kuhnla, from Long Island, was on vacation in the popular tourist spot when she was reported missing on October 15. Authorities found her body the next day in bushes near the Club Med resort in Leeward.
Marie’s brother Peter John Chetuck told Newsday that his sister had been traveling with with a small group, including a co-worker Suffolk County Legal Aid Society, and one or two others. Those woman has since been identified by ABC News as Kim Nohilly and Helma Hermans, both co-workers, along with Nohilly’s 26-year-old daughter.
Nohilly told the news station that Kuhnla was enjoying her time in Turks and Caicos, and kept saying “this is the best vacation.”
On Sunday, October 14, Kuhnla went to her hotel room to take a nap. When she could not be found the next morning, her friends reported her missing.
Authorities have not released the cause of death or identified any suspects in the suspected murder. According to ABC News, Kuhnla’s friends say they want to know “who did this.”
“She did not deserve this,” Hermans told WABC-TV. “She was one of the gentlest souls you would ever, ever meet.”
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force reportedly appealed for help from the public in the death investigation.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Marie at this time. This is an active investigation into the death of Marie and I would ask that anyone with any information to please contact the investigators from the Serious Crime Unit or you can call in confidence at Crimestoppers on 1-800-8477,” Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said in a statement obtained by the New York Daily News.