A US model whose ambition took her to Jamaica in search for work to save money for film school has been found dead.
The body of 26-year-old Desiree Gibbon was discovered on 26 November with her throat slashed. Desiree’s body was discovered on the side of a rural road in Jamaica.
Residents of the small north-western town of Anchovy, about 4 miles from Montego Bay, spotted the woman’s blood-caked body in the bushes. They alerted the police, according to local media. Her horrific death left her family reeling.
“We were very close, so you can imagine, when I got the news, ‘devastated’ doesn’t begin to describe it,” said Gibbon’s mother, Andrea Cali-Gibbon.
She described her daughter as a world traveller who once taught English to kids in Brazil. Andrea said that Desiree also hoped to be like globe-trekking chef Anthony Bourdain.
“She wanted to travel to countries and try things and experience cultures”.
She and Gibbon’s father — who is from Jamaica — planned to fly to the island to “try and get answers and bring her home”.
Cali-Gibbon couldn’t fathom how her daughter met a violent end in such a beautiful paradise.
Desiree had competed in beauty pageants and worked as a model from an early age. Her mother described her as a “kindred spirit who would hurt no one”. Andrea added that she was “the most forgiving person I ever met”.
“She loved life and wanted everyone to be happy and successful,” she wrote.
Andrea added she was “astounded” by the generosity of the hundreds who had helped raise $32,206 (£23,900) on the crowdfunding page.
Her aunt, Peggy Brunner, told The Telegraph: “I set up the fund because we need help getting her body home to give her a proper burial.”
Local media reports she was one of 12 people killed in four days in the suburban parish of St James.
There are currently no arrests made and the coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy over the coming days.