Missing Analyst And 'Murder At Merrill' Update

Sadly, but almost inevitably, NewsChannel 4 is said to have learned that a US medical examiner has identified the body of a woman found buried in concrete in a New Jersey home last week as Maria Cruz, an analyst at Barclays Capital who disappeared 10 months ago. It is believed that Ms Cruz was identified from dental records.

After exhaustive inquiries, police obtained a warrant to search the former home of a bogus doctor who, it is thought, was due to see the analyst just before she vanished. It has transpired that the 'doctor' was arrested in 2002 on charges of practicing without a licence and illegally possessing medical drugs. He is currently on the run from US authorities and thought to be in Costa Rica.

It is now believed that police discovered Ms Cruz's body in a suitcase buried under a new section of crudely built concrete steps in the basement area of the house. A New York Police Department spokesman has said that the authorities were 'working on the hypothesis that she may have received treatment for condition called black tongue, from which she may not have survived'. This condition is a painless black growth on the tongue, which can be a side effect of antibiotics.

This is the second disturbing death involving victims who worked in the financial markets in the last 3 months. In November the body of 40-year-old Merrill Lynch investment banker Robert Kissel was found by police in Hong Kong, said to have been 'wrapped in a carpet and plastic sheets' in an underground storeroom in the luxury appartment block he lived in with his wife.

Mrs Kissel was charged with the bankers murder soon after discovery of the body. Since then, there has been very little news on this story in the media. Mrs Kissel was initially detained in the custodial ward of a Hong Kong hospital and was declared medically unfit to attend her initial court hearing. Her three children are believed to be in the care of relatives in the United States.

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