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Sint Maarten Offers Dutch Fortune of $2.7K For Kathron ‘Cuchi’ Fortune, An Escaped Prisoner Wanted In Rape Murder Of Tourist

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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.

The court in Sint Maarten says that it “has spared no expense” to solve the murder of Wendy Montulet, the 21-year-old Belgian tourist who was discovered naked and dead in some bushes on a beach near Nettle Bay on Sunday.

“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.

On Sunday, a scent-sniffing dog found her body. She had been stabbed repeatedly and most likely sexually assaulted as well.

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.

 Authorities acknowledge that it the twin-island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten is currently in the slow season for tourists, but still feel that is inevitable that someone saw her when she went out jogging last weekend.

Police have also viewed the images available from surveillance cameras in the area, but did not see Montulet on any of them.
On Tuesday afternoon, about 50 police searched the area near where Montulet’s body was found on the beach.

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.

 Montulet’s body is scheduled to be flown back to Belgium on Saturday. Wendy’s mother, Christine Debruyn, is expected to fly back on the same flight that carries the body of her dead daughter to their home country.

“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.

 Search man arrested in a murder case with similar characteristics

 

Ten years ago, another young woman was murdered under eerily similar circumstances on St. Martin.

Kathron “Cuchi” Fortune was suspected and arrested in connection with the murder of 30-year-old Frenchwoman Angélique Chauviré, but he was never convicted of the crime.
Fortune, a 38-year resident of St. Martin was seen with Chauviré on the night that she was murdered, according to court testimony.
Although never convicted of the murder of Chauviré, Fortune was eventually convicted of a drug-related murder in a high-crime area.
 
Fortune is known by the nickname of “Cuchi,” and is a native of the Antillean island of Grenada.

The man that Dutch and French police want for the murder of Wendy Montulet is an escaped prisoner who has been on the lam since February.

Although Fortune’s name immediately came up in police briefings of the media  since the murder of Montulet was discovered on Sunday, authorities were careful to say that the wanted man is only wanted for questioning.

“We do not think that he (Fortune) is the perpetrator of the deadly stabbing,” Maignan said. “There is nothing that leads us to believe that he has anything to do with it.”
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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