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US expert sought in Woolmer case

March 22, 2007 20:40 IST

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Jamaican Police have sought the services of an American pathologist to help determine the cause of the mysterious death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer amidst speculation that he was strangled.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields said that the pathologist would be asked to give his opinion after carrying out tests before any announcement on the nature of the death.

Police are treating the death of the 58-year-old Pakistan coach as "suspicious" but were not willing to confirm whether it was a case of homicide.

The police were also offering the governments of South Africa, England and Pakistan options of appointing liaison officers to monitor the progress of the probe into Woolmer's death.

Right through the day, investigators were busy searching Woolmer's room on the 12th floor of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in a bid to unearth further clues.

According to media reports, police also reviewed the hotel's CCTV footage of activity in the corridors on floors occupied by guests, but did not release any information.

While a horde of journalists camped out in the lobby of the hotel, police officers made several trips between the ill-fated floor and the Alexander Bustamante suite on the ground floor. The search of the 12th floor room went on for most of Wednesday.

Chief investigating officer in the high-profile case, deputy superintendent Colin Pinnock, was tight-lipped and refused to answer any questions.

"I don't know when I can tell you anything," Pinnock told reporters.

Interestingly, this is the third mysterious death that has taken place inside the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in the last two years, following the murders of 23-year-old Air Jamaica flight attendant Wayne Brown, whose naked body was found with 10 stab wounds in January 2005.

An American national was also found murdered in the same hotel in December 2005.

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