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Updated: Police made an arrest in connection with the murder of a medical student in 2015

As part of the investigation in the Hector case, concerning the death of the female student on Saba in April 2015, an arrest was made on August 17th, 2016.

The arrest, at the request of the public prosecution office Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (BES), was carried out by the authorities in the United States of America. The arrested suspect is a man with the initials S.C. He is a resident of the United States, but he does not have the American nationality. C.S. is a former student at the Saba Medical School.

The investigation has always continued, since the victim was found. In addition, the Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland (KPCN) has worked closely with the National Police and the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk. When from the investigation, a sufficiently strong suspicion was raised against C.S. and information was received that he was in the United States, a request for his detention was made. In the meantime, also the United States has been requested to extradite the suspect for further investigation.

The public prosecutor office BES experiences a very good and close cooperation with the US authorities. But the legal procedures which need to be followed before it actually comes to a an extradition and transfer to the BES, could take about 6 months.

The arrest shows that good progress has been made in the investigation. However, the police and public prosecutor office will emphasize that it is important to share information that hasn’t been given to the police before. You can call the “tiplijn” of the Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland: + 599 717-7251.

Press release Public Prosecutor BES

The Daily Herald on August 31, 2016:

The authorities in the United States have arrested a former student of Saba University School of Medicine on August 17, in connection with the so-called “Hector” investigation concerning the homicide of Kavya Guda. The 24-year-old student was found dead in her apartment in The Bottom on April 15, 2015.
The man, who was only identified by his initials C.S., was arrested at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The arrested suspect is a U.S. resident, but does not have the American nationality, the Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.
The investigations into this case have been ongoing for 16 months. The Police Force Caribbean Netherlands KPCN has worked closely with the Dutch National Police and with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk, as well as with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.
The Prosecutor’s Office said it has “sufficiently strong suspicions” against the suspect. When they received information that C.S. was in the United States, a request for his arrest was made. The U.S. authorities have in the meantime also been requested to extradite the suspect to the Caribbean Netherlands for further investigation.
The Prosecutor’s Office has a “very good and close cooperation with the U.S. authorities,” it was stated. “But the legal procedures which need to be followed before it actually comes to an extradition and transfer to the Caribbean Netherlands could take about six months,” it was added.
“The arrest shows that good progress has been made in the investigation,” the Prosecutor’s Office said. However, the Police and Prosecutor’s Office emphasize that it is still important to share information about this case that has not yet been provided to the Police before. One may call the KPCN tip line at tel. 717-7251.
This is the second arrest made in this to date unsolved case. A 27-year-old student from Canada, who was arrested by the Police on June 1, 2015, was released by an Investigating Judge in Bonaire one month later for lack of evidence.

St.Louis Post-Dispatch on August 29, 2016:

ST. LOUIS • Federal officials are trying to send a man now living in Arnold back to a tiny Caribbean island to face murder, rape and child pornography charges.

Extradition documents filed this month say that Senad Cejvan is a Bosnian native now living legally in the United States. Cejvan is currently staying with his sister in Arnold, the documents say.

The extradition was prompted by an Aug. 10 arrest warrant on charges of murder, rape, child porn, slander and defamation, the documents say.

 Cejvan was arrested Aug. 17. At a hearing Friday, Cejvan’s lawyer was given more time to respond to the government’s bid to keep him in jail until the extradition is resolved.

Extradition documents say that the body of a student, Kavya Lekha Guda, was found April 15, 2015, on the island of Saba in the Netherlands Antilles, also known as the Dutch Caribbean.

Guda was a 24-year-old student at a medical school there and is originally from California, according to news reports.

The extradition documents say that Cejvan, Guda and others left a nightclub early that morning. Cejvan took another woman home, made “unwelcome advances” to her, then returned to Guda’s home, where he strangled her with the sleeve of his jacket, the documents claim.

The documents say Cejvan’s DNA matches evidence found on Guda’s body. They also say that Cejvan left Saba “seemingly in a hurry” on May 20, leaving behind clothes and a suitcase. Investigators also found 9,258 images containing child porn on his computer, documents say.

 A Canadian man was arrested in June of 2015 but later released, according to news reports, which also said local police were working with the FBI on the case.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday. Nor did Cejvan’s lawyer or relatives here.

A photo of Cejvan was not immediately available.

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