29 Year Old American Tourist Nina Nilssen Murdered during a cruise Stopover on Caribbean Island of Antigua
There is another murder mystery from the Caribbean.
29 year old Nina Nilssen, an American tourist was stabbed to death during a cruise stopover on the island of Antigua. Nina Nilssen, an aspiring composer-musician was found dead last Tuesday near Pidgeons Point Beach on Antigua. Strangely, Nilssen’s body was found less than a mile from where an Australian yacht captain, Drew Gollan, was slain nearly a year ago.
Nilssen was part of a wedding party on the cruise. Some member of the party had gotten off their cruise ship, the Royal Clipper, for a barbecue. Nilssen disappeared, but was later discovered on a trail not far from the celebration. She’d been stabbed once in the neck.
Etai Freedman, one of Nilssen’s friends, told CBS News, “Nina had no ego. She was in touch with people on all levels of life. She gave everybody her time.”
Nilssen is the fourth tourist murdered on the tiny island since 2008. In July 2008, British honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany were shot in their hotel room. And last January, Drew Gollan, a 38-year old Australian yachtsman, was shot in the chest. Police believe robbery was the motive in all three homicides.
This senseless murder follows other crimes against tourists have made news recently in other Caribbean nations such as Alabama high school senior Natalee Holloway vanished on spring break in Aruba in 2005. Also in 2006, CBS News employee Ryan Smith was viciously attacked in St. Maarten.
Authorities are looking for what is most likely a local man in connection with the killing.
According to reports in the Antigua media, Nilssen strayed from a celebration on the beach.
“It’s a sad story,” said Everton Jeffers, an inspector with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda. “The police are working tirelessly to catch the criminal or criminals involved in that murder.”
Jeffers said authorities are looking for what is most likely a local man in connection with the killing. Meanwhile, he said, Nilssen’s family remains in Antigua, waiting to claim her body and bring it home.
Antigua police said Monday that they have a possible suspect in last week’s killing of Nina Nilssen.
Antigua police said Monday that they have a possible suspect in last week’s killing of a San Francisco woman during a cruise stopover to celebrate her sister’s wedding.
Investigators did not release the name of the “person of interest,” only describing him as a tall, slender man with a gold tooth. He was apparently in the area where Nina Nilssen was fatally stabbed after going ashore last Tuesday, police said.
Police described her as 30 years old, but her family said Monday that she was 29.