A British woman has been killed in St Lucia with the pensioner discovered tied up in a pool of blood next to her dead dog in her home on the Caribbean island.
Diana Theodore, 72, was discovered at her house in Morne Sion, Choiseul, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The community activist mother-of-one had been living in St Lucia for more than 30 years and was reported missing by a friend.
Diana Theodore (pictured) has been killed in St Lucia with her body found tied up in a pool of blood under her bed
The pensioner was discovered at her house in Morne Sion (pictured), Choiseul, in the early hours of Saturday morning
A local resident said: ‘He came to us and said he has not seen her so we all went in search of her but did not find her.
‘We all went looking to try to find her as she is always at home. It is not like her not to be seen in this small village. She was friendly and has been living in Morne Sion for many years now.’
Following an extensive police search, Theodore was found tied underneath her bed in a pool of blood with a laceration to her head.
Her dog was also found dead in the house.
Another resident said: ‘She was a very nice person, every time you see her, she would be smiling, her teeth always out.
‘She’s such a nice lady for her to have been treated that way,
‘Everybody is just in shock and very sad because she is such a nice lady and did not deserve this at all. Things like that don’t occur in Choiseul.’
Theodore left the UK many years ago to settle in St Lucia where she was a community activist
Theodore left the UK many years ago to settle in St Lucia where she was a community activist, and her daughter works in the UK as a university lecturer.
A Police spokesman in St Lucia said that they are investigating the murder.
They said: ‘We got an early call today about a woman and her dog who were found dead in her house and are looking into this as a matter of urgency.’
The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) has extended condolences to the family of the deceased, describing her death as tragic and untimely.
They said: ‘Diana was a passionate and vocal advocate for Saint Lucia’s natural and cultural heritage.
‘She was a long-term member of the Trust who also served on Council and regularly contributed her ideas, concerns, and advice in areas of conservation and community interest.
‘Diana will be sorely missed,’ the SLNT statement said.