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Montreal hospital worker found dead under a metre of sand in Varadero Cuba

A Montreal woman who travelled to Cuba for holidays last Friday and went missing the next day was found murdered on a beach in the resort town of Varadero.

Antoinette Traboulsi, 52, was found buried in a metre of sand on the beach, with marks of violence on her body. Cuban authorities found the mother of four on Tuesday afternoon.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed the news Wednesday. The department said it was providing consular services to the family and was in contact with local authorities to gather more information, but could not release more details due to privacy concerns.

Family members said Traboulsi, a worker in the maintenance department of Sacré-Coeur Hospital, flew to Cuba Friday for a much-needed two-week vacation after dealing with extra work created by the pandemic. She posted photos of herself on the beach Saturday morning. But Saturday afternoon, her friend in Cuba sent notices that Traboulsi had gone missing.

Her cousin, Sami Soussa, described her as an energetic woman who loved music, dancing and taking photos for her social media accounts, where she identified herself by the nickname “Angie”.

Her cousin says she arrived in the country last Friday and didn’t show up for a planned meeting on Saturday evening.

Traboulsi is survived by three daughters.

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