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Ex-Marine believed to have fallen to his death on paradise island ‘may have been murdered

Initial tests suggested he died falling into a ravine

    • Credit card, cash and mobile were all found with him
    • Authorities now believe he was stabbed repeatedly

Mail Online Leon Watson November 18, 2011

An ex-Royal Marine found dead on a paradise island where he was working with private security teams fighting pirates – may have been stabbed and beaten to death, it emerged today.

Initial post-mortem results suggested Carl Davies, 33, died after he accidentally tripped and fell 30ft down a ravine on Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean.

But a second investigation revealed the former teacher, from Kent, was stabbed ‘numerous’ times and beaten about the head with a bat.

Carl’s credit card, money and mobile phone were found on his body when he was discovered.

He had served in Iraq and Northern Ireland but was working as a private contractor in the Indian Ocean protecting merchant ships from Somali pirates when he died.

Police have confirmed Carl was unarmed when he was found, and they believe he did not carry weapons on the island.

The ship Carl was protecting, the Atlantic Trader, which had been docked in the port close to the island’s capital Saint Denis, left before his body was discovered.

A relative, who asked not to be named, said: ‘A new post mortem was held on Thursday and he died from multiple stab wounds and head injuries as a result of a bat.

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November 18, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Pirates, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment