The aunt of the New York model found dead in rural Jamaica with her throat slashed back in November received a phone call from her dead niece's phone. Desiree Gibbon’s bloody body was discovered on the side of a road in the northwestern town of Anchovy, where she was looking for work to afford film school.
Around dinnertime on Sunday, her aunt Peggy Brunner received a phone call from her dead relative. As soon as Brunner looked at the caller ID, she froze.
“I got goosebumps from my head to my toes,” Brunner told the New York Daily News. She answered the call, and all she heard was silence. Six hours later, Brunner missed a call from the same number. She called it back only to hear an automated message that the phone was not in service.
According to the Daily News, Gibbon's cell phone was never recovered, and the murder remains unsolved.
According to Loop Jamaica, Gibbon, 26, was granted a three-month stay in the country so that she could look for work. She previously competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant and as a child appeared in at least one episode of Nickelodeon’s "Blue’s Clues." According to NBC New York, Gibbon obtained a degree in broadcast journalism from West Virginia University.
She had big plans to further her career by going to film school in Europe. Gibbon’s mother told ABC New York that Gibbon refused to let her parents help her out financially. When it came to paying for film school, her mom said, “She wanted to make it on her own.”
Now, her family is frustrated by the investigation into her murder.
“There are no answers,” Gibbon’s mother, Andrea Cali-Gibbon, told the Daily News. “You feel like they’re not doing anything at all.”
Jamaican police officials have not been returning requests for comment to news organizations.
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