Peggy Brunner was making ready dinner when her telephone started ringing Sunday night time. She grabbed her cell and stopped chilly the second she noticed the title that flashed on the display screen.
Desi — as in Desiree Gibbon, her 26-year-old niece who was murdered on the island of Jamaica two months in the past.
The slain Queens lady’s cellphone was by no means recovered, and her killing stays unsolved.
“I received goosebumps from my head to my toes,” Brunner instructed the Every day Information.
However her hope for a breakthrough was dashed when she answered the decision at exactly 5:26 p.m. and was met by silence on the opposite finish.
Brunner missed a second name from Gibbon’s telephone some six hours later, at 11:43 p.m.
When she tried to name again, Brunner received the message she hears anytime she dials her niece’s quantity — this telephone just isn’t working.
The mysterious calls add a contemporary layer of intrigue to a case that has stumped native authorities and left Gibbon’s household pissed off over the slow-moving investigation.
“There aren’t any solutions,” Gibbon’s mom, Andrea Cali-Gibbon, mentioned. “You’re feeling like they’re not doing something in any respect.”
Jamaican police officers didn’t return a request for remark.
Desiree Gibbon’s bloody physique was found within the bushes alongside an area highway in St. James Parish on Nov. 26.
The globe-trotting Hollis lady was discovered together with her throat slit and her torso, legs and wrists coated in bruises.
Gibbon, an aspiring mannequin and in addition documentary filmmaker, was final seen three nights earlier.
A surveillance digital camera captured her strolling out of her resort on Thanksgiving night time.
The footage exhibits Gibbon, carrying a T-shirt, shorts, sandals and a bandanna, strolling towards the foyer at 11:22 p.m.
She returns to her room earlier than rising as soon as once more at 11:27 p.m.
She’s seen strolling out of the entrance door and turning left — a clip that her mom has watched again and again in quest of clues.
“She walked out of the driveway, made a disregarded the gate, and that was the top of her,” Andrea Cali-Gibbon mentioned.
The sufferer strolled out of the resort owned by her grandmother carrying solely her American cellphone. She left behind her pockets and native telephone.
Cali-Gibbon mentioned the police initially confirmed no real interest in the surveillance footage after studying about it from the household.
“They didn’t suppose it was going to assist remedy the crime,” Cali-Gibbon mentioned. “They’re solely targeted on the telephone.”
Jamaican authorities revealed in early December that they had been looking for an individual of curiosity.
However members of the family have but to obtain a significant replace.
Jamaican authorities struggled to stem a hovering homicide price in 2017.
Situated four miles from the favored vacationer vacation spot of Montego Bay, St. James Parish alone (inhabitants: 180,000) noticed greater than 330 individuals killed — some 40 greater than New York Metropolis (inhabitants: eight.5 million).
Violent gangs have turned the island right into a battlefield, main the U.S. and different international locations to subject journey warnings.
Cali-Gibbon mentioned she suspects that her daughter was murdered as a result of she realized of knowledge that somebody didn’t need her to know.
“It was calculated,” Cali-Gibbon mentioned. “She wasn’t robbed. She wasn’t taken for ransom…I believe she realized one thing, I don’t know what, and I believe they shut her up.”