A Clarendon woman and her daughter were found dead inside their Brandon Hill home, and their cause of death is yet to be determined. The investigation now relies on the autopsy results to reveal if the 76-year-old woman, Sylvia Smith, and her 38-year-old daughter, Natalie Larmond, succumbed to ackee poisoning.
This suspicion arose after cooked ackee, which was taken for testing, was discovered on a stove in the home of the deceased.
The bodies of Smith, a retired teacher, and Larmond had already begun to decompose when they were found around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to Radio Jamaica News, resident Michael Clarke notified the media that the bodies were found by residents who were worried when they had not seen Smith and Larmond since Monday.
The residents also mentioned that several days earlier, Smith and Larmond, who were both described as mentally ill, had been visibly unwell.
A statement from Clarke explained that the police and the residents saw “nothing like seh is rape or the house broken or anything like that,” leading them to wonder if the “pot of ackee” found in the “kitchen” might have caused “slow poisoning.”