Police Investigating Death Of Denise Evans

May 3, 2011

Denise Evans-Wilkinson [Supplied By Family][Updated with videos] Police confirmed this morning [May 3] that the body found in the water last week was that of 45-year-old Denise Evans Wilkinson of Pembroke parish.

The Police have not officially classified it as a murder as such at this time, but they are investigating the case as a suspicious death and treating it as a murder investigation.

Superintendent Antoine Daniels said “the death was not a natural death, and from the findings of the autopsy it appears that death was aided by someone else.” He said there were actually two causes of death, but declined to go into specifics.

This past Friday afternoon [Apr.29], Police responded to a report of a body in the waters off the Mill Point Road, Pembroke. At that time, Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield said they were not sure how long her body has been in the water.

Senior detectives were seen at the scene on Friday afternoon, and residents of the nearby area have told Bernews the Police have been canvassing the area over the weekend, asking residents if they have seen anything strange or unusual over the past few days.

When asked about the matter at yesterday’s press conference, National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief said said it “would appear she may have been a person at risk,” and that the Police are “onto a certain line of investigation.”

Bernews extends our condolences to Ms Evan’s family and friends.

Update 11:57am: Video statement from Superintendent Antoine Daniels below. Mr Daniels said a forensic examination was conducted by a pathologist from overseas, and as a result of his findings Ms Evan’s death has been labeled a “suspicious death.” They have appealed for anyone who may have any information to please contact the Police on 295-0011.

Update 2:40pm: Media Q&A video below. Mr Daniels said “the death was not a natural death, and from the findings of the autopsy it appears that death was aided by someone else.” He said there were actually two causes of death, but declined to go into specifics.

He said that last time she was seen was on Tuesday, April 25th in the Pembroke area, and that she was not reported as missing. He also said they have “positive lines of inquiry” but encouraged the community to come forward with any information.

Update 4:59pm: Full statement from Detective Superintendent Antoine Daniels below:

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the identity of the female victim who was removed from the waters near Mills Creek, Pembroke on Friday 29th April 2011, as 45 year old Denise Evans/Wilkinson of Pembroke Parish.

On behalf of the Bermuda Police Service, I wish to express sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Miss Evans.

The brief circumstances of this case are that at 2pm on Friday 29th April 2011, Police received a report of what witnesses described as an unresponsive woman floating in the waters near Mills Creek.

Officers from the Police Marine Unit attended the area and removed the lifeless body of a female from the waters.

Officers from the Bermuda Police Service Forensic Unit were later that evening able to obtain the identity of the victim using various technological means.

The next of kin were informed and inquiries in an attempt to establish Miss Evans recent movements were commenced by detectives.

On Sunday a forensic examination was conducted of the deceased’s body which revealed that her death was not due to natural causes and as such police are treating this matter as suspicious.

An investigation team from the Serious Crime Unit is being led by Detective Inspector Michael Redfern and Sergeant Dennis Astwood and although there have been no arrests to date some progress is being made.

Investigators at this time are making an appeal to any persons that may have information about the recent movements of Miss Denise Evans, in particular during the previous 5 days leading up to the discovery of her body on Friday 29th April 2011.

Police also wish to speak to persons that may have any information regarding the unfortunate death of Miss Evans and encourage anyone with such information to contact Serious Crime Unit investigators on telephone number 295-0011 or the confidential Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-8477.

Update 6:13pm: Photo of Ms Evans added above [supplied by family via the Police]

Update May 4: Police have arrested a man in connection with the case

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  1. wishes for peace says:

    Is this the lady that works at the Consulate?

    • bernews says:

      Not to our knowledge….

    • mixitup says:

      I thought the same thing, almost fell out of my chair. I don’t think it’s her though.

      • Daughter of woman says:

        No she does not work there

    • Miss Smith says:

      No this is NOT the lady that works at the consulate

  2. Needing Clarification says:

    is her last name Evans as in the title or Wilkinson as in the police report?

    • bernews says:

      Her name as provided by the Police is Denise Evans Wilkinson, but she was also known as Denise Evans.

      • bernews says:

        We have official clarification now, Denise Evans is her maiden name…

  3. Mr. Info says:

    She is From the Block..

  4. ONE LOVE says:

    rip aunt denise. you will be truly missed :(

  5. Child of the most high says:

    I hope it’s not the the same Denise from the Consulate, she was one of the decent ones up there, the others treat you like criminals.

    • Its time to STAND UP says:

      it’s isnt

      • Whoa Nelly says:

        no it’s isn’t…….R.I.P. Denise……Evans fam keep your heads up….know that you are in peoples prayers……

  6. bernews says:

    Sorry for the lack of photo, we are trying to obtain one and have not been successful as of yet, but in the meantime for those trying to place her, she was a slim lady, had grown children, and some of her family comes from the Curving Avenue area, and we believe that she had sisters who predeceased her. We used to chat to her sometimes when we were in the Court Street area, always found her very pleasant. Our sympathies to her family and friends….

  7. Denyse Evans says:

    Hello everyone, this is Denyse Evans, who works at the US Consulate, thanks for your concern I am ok

    the other Denise was my husband’s cousin, R.I.P Cuz

    • bernews says:

      For the avoidance of doubt, this is the “real” Denyse Evans above, we just spoke with her…

    • mixitup says:

      Yayy!! Glad your ok, I almost had a Fit!! I will FB you to let you know who this is : ) I was sure it wasn’t you because of the spelling of the name, but you never know. Nonetheless, my condolences to this ladies Family – sad.

      • United says:

        Funny how humanity is. It’s like “I hope it’s not my Denise but someone else’s Denise”. Kind of sad and funny at the same time. May God have both Denises in his heart.

        • Denyse Evans says:

          @ United , this is the other Denyse, I understand what you are saying at first I didn’t want to respond because i did not want to seem insenstive, but my phone was ringing off the hook so I needed to clarify that it was not me (Denyse) The other Denise was a family member so regardless we are still dealing with this tragedy.

          • United says:

            You have my condolences. May God and close family and friends comfort you and your family in your time of sorrow.

            But you did get my drift right? And I apologize if I came across as insensitive.

  8. The Truth says:

    How can there be TWO causes of death???

    Two things may have contributed to her demise but only ONE thing can be the actual thing that killed her. Like you can shoot someone and then dump them in the water while they were still alive…technically the drowning would be the cause of death and not the shooting because if the person got help for the shooting they may have survived. So you can’t say the shooting and the drowning were the cause of death.

    The way the Police word things sounds so ridiculous sometimes.

  9. Yawn says:

    RIP Denise. Despite the ra ra lifestyle she was a cool chick. Hope the popo catch whoeever might have did this to her

  10. Mikey B says:

    Condolences to the family of the deceased Denise Evans Wilkinson sorry for your loss I did not know Denise, May she rest in peace and may you the family find comfort at this difficult time.
    I have to say honestly that I was very very upset when I first heard it was
    Mrs. Evans thinking it was the one that work at the US Consulate, she is one of the most beautiful spirited people I have ever met, No disrespect intended to the family of the deceased.

  11. sick n tired!!!!! says:

    R.I.P Denise. You were a very special person despite the struggles. Condolences to the entire Evans family. God has wrapped you in his arms now . . . rest safely and peacefully!!!!!

  12. Daily walk through says:

    Just so heart broken !!! My thoughts and prayers go ut to your family and friends.. The girls will miss you racing you through the park afternoons. I will surely tell them on their sports day to run hard for you since you told them they have to run fast and hard .. Really gonna miss you free spirit and that smile we saw !!! R.I.P Nisey !!!!