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Murder in Antigua near Pigeon Beach
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 6:26 AM
Joined: 16/03/2009
Posts: 6

Does anyone have any news in regards to the discovery of a young woman (yacht crew) who was found dead on Windward Beach near Pigeon? This is an extremely sad and disturbing incident and hits close to home for many yacht crew. Here is a link concerning the latest news: There is a brief description of a man that they are seeking in connection with the murder. Sympathy and peace to the young woman and her family and friends.
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 11:07 AM
Joined: 16/09/2008
Posts: 31

This is indeed sad for everyone.  However, I have heard otherwise.  My boyfriend is in Antigua now and he told me that she wasn't professional superyacht crew.  Maybe we are wrong, but don't assume yachties are being targetted.  Also, this happened around 4:30 PM in the afternoon on a public beach.  The rumors are that the man was her boyfriend.  Either way, the truth will come out and my heart goes out to her family.

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:36 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

From the Caribarena...... "There was a wedding celebration. She was the brides little sister. They were on a honeymoon cruise of the islands and had put in at Antigua "
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 2:22 PM
Joined: 16/03/2009
Posts: 6

This still hits close to home to all yacht crew. Many of us walk, swim or hike alone in this area or with friends. Peace once again to the young lady and her family. Here's the latest from Antigua:
Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:57 AM
Joined: 13/02/2009
Posts: 23

‘’ website,

Taoseña murdered in Antigua

By Chandra Johnson

Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:48 PM MST

A Taos High School alumni has been found murdered in Antigua, according to Antiguan press.

Police in the Carribean nation have reported that Nina Elizabeth Nilssen, the 30-year-old daughter of Kate and Morten Nilssen, the former Taos Talking Pictures executive director, was found partially disrobed on Pigeon Point Beach Tuesday (Jan. 19).

News and police reports from there say Nilssen was killed by a single knife wound to the neck sometime after she disappeared from the beach, where she and her family were having a barbecue while on a one-day boat tour. Witnesses told police Nilssen went for a walk on a nearby trail and did not return.

When Nilssen did not return, the boat reportedly had to leave the family behind while they searched for her. Antiguan police released a description of a possible suspect and have released it to the national Crime Stoppers hotline.

According to descriptions submitted to Crime Stoppers, the man suspected  of killing Nilssen is a tall African man with bushy hair, thin and wearing jeans.

Elizabeth Crittenden Palacios, director of the Taos Community Foundation, has set up an account at   Peoples Bank for the family of the late Nina Elizabeth Nilssen. Individuals wanting to support the family through a monetary contribution may go to any Peoples branch and say their deposit is for the Nilssen family.



Antigua police hunt tourist killer

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, January 21, 2010 – A police manhunt is on in Antigua for a “person of interest” following the murder of an American visitor to the island, as tourism officials try to contain the potential fallout from the country’s first homicide for the year.

Lawmen yesterday issued a description of the man – tall, slim, Black with an Afro, a gold tooth in the front of his mouth and some missing teeth – as they try to find the killer of 30-year-old Nina Elizabeth Nilssen whose lifeless body was found on a deserted area near Pigeon Point Beach, on the south east coast of Antigua.

The American’s partially clad body was found with a stab wound to the neck on Tuesday evening.

She had arrived in the island with family members earlier that day on a cruise yacht and had wandered off on her own while the others stayed on the beach where a barbecue was taking place, according to newspaper reports. It was just before the vessel was about to leave that Nilssen's body was found.

Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) met yesterday to discuss what they could do to address the damage caused to the image of the twin-island nation.

“We can work very hard and we can bring visitors here but the experience that they get here is what will encourage them to come back. What happens on island is how people will perceive us and how we will be portrayed in the international media and it’s so important that we all work together and do our bit,” ABTA Chief Executive Officer Colin James told a local radio station as he urged those with information about the crime to contact police. “Our livelihood as a nation is at stake and we really all need to work together to ensure that our tourism product is nurtured and protected.”

Police have also appealed for public assistance and Crime Stoppers has offered a maximum US$2,000 reward for the capture and conviction of whoever is responsible for the murder.

In recent years, Antigua & Barbuda’s government and tourism officials have been forced into damage control mode following fatal attacks on tourists.

Almost exactly a year ago, on January 22nd 2009, 38-year-old Australian yacht captain, Drew Gollan was shot in the chest as he walking with his girlfriend and 21-month-daughter in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, in the south of the island, a stone's throw away from where Nilssen's body was discovered.

His murder came six months after the shooting of British couple, Ben and Catherine Mullany, at the Cocos Hotel in the west of the island, on July 27th, 2008, the last day of their two-week honeymoon. Mrs Mullany died on the spot, but her husband was flown back home to Wales where he passed away
Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010 5:10 AM
Horrifying, simply horrifying. Bad juju.
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