Prosecutor’s Office confirms cause of death Oliver Petit

POSTED: 02/21/12 12:13 PM

St. Maarten – The investigation into the death of 58-year-old Olivier Petit has established that the 58-year old took his own life on December 6 of last year.

On the morning of that day Petit’s lifeless body was discovered in the front yard of a house in Madame’s Estate. Forensic examination showed that there was a cord around the neck of the body, strongly tightened with the use of a garotte.

At first, it was believed a crime was involved, the Prosecutor’s Office stated in a press release issued on Friday. Further examination, in cooperation with the French Gendarmerie, showed however, that the man had tried to take his life several months before, using almost exactly the same technique.

Last week, the Prosecutor’s Office received the results from the Dutch Forensic Institute NFI, concerning the DNA testing it had ordered. These results confirm the suspicion that it was in fact a suicide. Both the knot in the cord and the garotte, contained solely the victim’s DNA.

The next of kin of the deceased have been informed about the results.

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