Anna becomes the latest victim in this deadly investigation. Her body is found in the catacombs. It looks like she was tortured before she died.
By JEREMY CLARIDGE
Anna Heath of the Academy was found murdered late on Friday in the catacombs near the Brotherhood of the Six temple in the Old Town, not far from her home. Heath, who was a puzzle scribe on the Cube Retrieval Team at the Academy, as well as a Fellow in Ancient Languages, was discovered by a friend and a colleague taking part in the volunteer search that began when she was reported missing by her family on Thursday.
According to Police Chief Eoin Morgan, Heath's body showed signs of "serious trauma" occurring before her death. "There is no question whatsoever that this was foul play," Morgan said. "forensic evidence has clearly established that not only was she intentionally killed, but someone -- presumably the same party -- inflicted grievous injuries on her over a period of several hours while she was still alive." He declined to give specific details, citing the need to preserve confidentiality in a potentially sensitive investigation.
Morgan added that so far, there are no suspects, and there is no known motive for the crime. "Our best guess is that she was targeted because of her position on the CRT," he said. He added that this is a gravely concerning crime, and that given the high profile of the victim, he plans to supervise the investigation personally.
Master of the Academy Sente Kiteway called Heath "one of the best and brightest the Academy has ever had the joy of educating," adding "This is a senseless and horrific crime, and merits being pursued by all the forces for justice the city has to offer."
Heath's Cube Retrieval Team colleagues were distraught over the news. "Anna was such a wise and gentle person," said Aiko Entrescore, also of the CRT. "It's hard to imagine anyone harbouring a grudge against her, much less doing this."
Heath is survived by her husband, Fleming Heath, and three children, Otto, Pip, and Eve. A memorial service will be held at the Academy on the Great Lawn at 5pm on Thursday evening.