UPDATE: LaSalle Woman's Family Declines Offer to Help Bring Body Home
A Windsor businessman with ties to the Caribbean has offered to help a LaSalle family retrieve the body of a loved one who died in the Bahamas.
The family contacted AM800 News Wednesday morning to say they are declining the offer for personal reasons.
Alishia Liolli, 27, was killed by Hurricane Dorian earlier this month and since then, the family has been trying to bring her body back home for a proper burial.
But with the collapsed infrastructure and downed phone lines, the family has found it difficult to communicate with the proper authorities on the island.
Mike Mosgrove, President of Panther Recycling Corporation Jamaica, has been going back and forth to the Caribbean for about seven years and has worked with the government there with his recycling program.
He contacted Liolli's family in LaSalle indicating he his connections in the Caribbean and his access to fly back and forth, and that he would be able to speed up the process to bring the body back home.
In an exclusive interview with AM800 News and CTV Windsor, Mosgrove says he's been in contact with the medical examiner's office in Toronto and hopes to be on the Island by 1:30pm Wednesday to speak to the proper officials to bring the body back.
He says given the state of the infrastructure there, the best thing to do is to get down there and get things done in person.
"If it was my daughter, I would certainly be turning over the world to get down there and sorted out but unfortunately you have to know your way around a little bit and we do know that," says Mosgrove
He says some issues can only be handled once he gets there. "First off, we have to determine the body and the state and once we do that, then we have to get a death certificate and then we have to get a certificate for transportation."
Mosgrove believes he will be able to get things done more efficiently once he is there.
"Unfortunately with the havoc going on down there right now it is very tough to get anything on the phone," he says. "So the best plight is to fly down there and find solutions."
He goes onto say that he will need to get in contact with police while there to bring the body back, adding "The problem is that you can't find a police officer in any station down there because they are obviously out looking for other people in danger and in harm's way so it is tough to track them down, but we will track them down."
Liolli — a special education instructor — had been living on the island with her husband and son when she died.
Mosgrove says he plans to be in the Bahamas for about a week in order to get all the paperwork signed and everything done properly.
Liolli's mother Josie McDonagh, says she hasn't heard from her daughter's husband since Friday and her only point of contact at the embassy, she feels isn't doing enough to help.