Model on holiday has throat slit and is nearly decapitated in gruesome murder

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A model was found dead with her throat slashed and spine severed at a Jamaica tourist hotspot.

The murder case of 26-year-old Desiree Gibbon remains unsolved, nearly four years since her almost decapitated body was dumped in a roadside bush.

Her heartbroken mother, who told media Desiree "was beaten and had her throat sliced open", is still fighting for justice from Jamaican authorities.

Young Desiree – known as Desi – from New York City, was staying at her grandmother’s hotel in Montego Bay when she went missing.

After a Thanksgiving dinner with family on November 27 2017, the model and aspiring filmmaker told the hotel security guard she would be right back as she stepped outside at 11:27 pm.

Her loved ones never saw her alive again once she walked to the left and out of view of the resort.

For two days, friends and family agonised over Desi's disappearance until her lifeless, blood-soaked body was recovered at around 7.30 am in hedge growth four miles away.

Police were called to the scene in the town of Anchovy, by residents who stumbled upon her body which was “caked in blood”, Loop Jamaica reported.

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Her bereaved mother Andrea Cali-Gibbon, told the Daily News: "We were very close, so you can imagine, when I got the news, ‘devastated’ doesn’t begin to describe it… The brutality is what killed me.

"She was beaten and had her throat sliced open… She was a tough cookie. I know she fought until she drew her last breath. I know she did. And I’m certain that her last thought was’ ‘Will my mom be OK if I don’t make it?'"

Speaking to ABC New York, she added: "She never travelled by herself. She didn’t leave the hotel by herself. She always left with somebody.

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"They would take a car service provided by the hotel and the same driver would take them and drop them and bring them back."

With the person(s) responsible yet to be charged for Desi's death, Andrea has launched a renewed effort to fund action.

Last month, a GoFundMe page was created with a goal of raising $100,000 (£72,000) to boost the investigation.

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The page reads: "Désirée was murdered in Montego Bay on Thanksgiving of 2017. We still have no answers and continue to fight the Jamaican government.

"We need Justice for Désirée. Please help us get answers.

"Sadly nothing is for free especially on a poor island where people will not talk without being paid off. They do not value life there," she claims.

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"There was over 1600 murders in 2017 in Jamaica. We just cannot move forward until those responsible for killing Des are brought to justice. Thank you to all who join us in this fight. 1LIFE"

Nearly $2,000 (£1,437) had been donated by Friday afternoon, June 25.

One donor commented: "It is so unfair to the family for the Jamaican authorities not to give this the due diligence for justice that they would give to their own. To her Mom: I pray that you will find justice for your beautiful daughter Desiree."

Another said: "This family deserves justice."

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