March 27, 2015
The daughter of Australian podiatrist Dr. Phillip Vasyli, who was found stabbed to death in his Old Fort Bay home on Tuesday morning, was taken in for questioning yesterday, The Nassau Guardian understands. Officers escorted her into the Central Detective Unit on Thompson Boulevard around 12:30 p.m.
Asked for comment, Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said police were now questioning two relatives, including Vasyli's wife, and a non-relative in connection with his death. When asked about reports that the second relative was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, Ferguson said he was not aware of all the details. However, he said, "I know that one of the people in custody was experiencing some medical conditions."
Vasyli's wife was taken in for questioning on Tuesday. Asked whether she was being held as a suspect on Thursday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said, "We have not concluded that. She is assisting us with the investigation."
When asked the same question, Ferguson only said that police have not determined if or when criminal charges would be filed.
A worker discovered Vasyli's body on the dining room floor around 8 a.m., but police believe he was killed on Monday night. Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle, who heads the Central Detective Unit (CDU), said Vasyli lived in the home with his wife. Vasyli, 59, had multiple stab wounds to the chest, police said.
In addition to establishing several podiatry clinics in his native country, Vasyli founded an orthotic footwear company that sells products around the world.
Vasyli and his family also established the philanthropic Vasyli Foundation, which is a nonprofit group that supports a number of charities internationally.
The foundation has provided financial support to several organizations in The Bahamas.
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