Nedenia Post Dye, a descendant of Marjorie Merriweather Post, was found stabbed to death on Dec. 22 in her spa on a resort island in the Caribbean.
Dye, 46, was found dead with “several stab wounds” in the bathroom of her home on the island of Roatan in the Honduras, police there said. A local musician named Lenin Arana Carlos, 25, has been arrested in connection with the murder.
Arana allegedly said he and Dye were romantically involved, but police said Dye was trying to help Arana quit drugs, according to media reports.
The police chief said Dye had been a resident on Roatan for the past 15 years, where she operated a luxury spa named Baan Suerte.
Dye was originally from Santa Monica, California and told her alma mater’s alumni publication in 2012 that she shared a love of adventure and risk taking with her great grandmother, who inherited the company that would become General Foods, Inc. Dye was a graduate of George Washington University.
Dye told the magazine that she and a friend had an idea of starting a new business. Dye said her intention was to go to Asia. However, her friend convinced her to move to Central America since it was closer and if the business did not work out they could both swim home.
Police said the suspect was captured in blood soaked clothes as he was attempting to flee in Dye’s vehicle. While being led away by police, Arana told reporters that he was innocent and that Nedenia treated him as if she was his mother and protected him.
Police added that it appeared Dye had been stabbed several times.