Sint Maarten Offers Dutch Fortune of $2.7K For Kathron ‘Cuchi’ Fortune, An Escaped Prisoner Wanted In Rape Murder Of Tourist
MARIGOT — Authorities in Sint Maarten are offering a $2,793.30 reward for information leading to the arrest and capture of Kathron “Cuchi” Fortune, a convicted killer who escaped from prison and is wanted for questioning in the brutal stabbing death and rape of a Belgian tourist.
“There are 15 full-time investigators on this case,” said Sint Maarten Police Captain Emmanuel Maignan.
Montulet disappeared Saturday morning after telling her family that she was going for a quick jog on the beach before boarding her flight back to Belgium.
Some 40 police officers knocked on doors to residential houses, guest houses and hotel rooms within 6.2 miles of the crime scene on Tuesday.
Each person who answered the door was asked only one question: “Did you notice anything unusual on Saturday morning?”
SOMEONE MUST HAVE SEEN WENDY MONTULET SATURDAY
The route that Wendy must have traveled to go jogging about 10 a.m. on Saturday is not off the beaten path. It is in an area that is normally free from crime.
Police have also viewed the images available from surveillance cameras in the area, but did not see Montulet on any of them.
It is the third time the area has been searched by investigators who are trying to locate the murder weapon, which they believe to be a knife.
Authorities are also conducting a thorough forensic examination of Montulet’s body and trace evidence has been sent to a lab in Bordeaux, France for further study to try to find DNA from the killer on her.
Two teams of forensic specialists will fly in to Sint Maarten from Guadeloupe on Thursday to examine the body, authorities said.
Christine Debruyn: “The investigators are formidable”
An All Points Bulletin has been issued for Fortune. Police said that each tip would be checked out thoroughly until the wanted man is found.
“Still, no one has been arrested,” Debruyn told the French press. “The investigators are formidable. The people are very kind to us. I have full confidence in them. I believe that the killer or killers will be found. I believe in miracles.”
The father of Wendy Montulet has been harder to track down. He has been in isolation since learning of the death of his daughter via a Facebook post on Sunday when people started writing condolence notes on his daughter’s Facebook page.