The mother of murdered teenager Rhiana Moore has spoken publicly about the tragedy for the first time, saying that her daughter's smile will always be her most precious memory.

Julieann Moore told the Bermuda Sun that her bright and caring daughter had great plans for the future - she planned to go to university and then become a high-flying executive. "She wanted to be somebody, she was following her dreams," Mrs. Moore said.

Mrs. Moore, of Devonshire, said that her fashion-loving daughter also dreamed of travelling the world and of living in New York.

Those plans were tragically cut short when Rhiana's body was found washed up on the shore at Blue Hole nature reserve at around 11am on Saturday.

Officially, police have said little about the case, refusing even to confirm that they are treating the death as murder.

However, officers close to the investigation have told the Bermuda Sun that Rhiana appears to have been sexually assaulted before her body was dumped. Seasoned officers who visited the crime scene say they were sickened by the brutal nature of the killing.

Police are continuing to hold a suspect: a St. David's man believed to be around 30 years old. Although the suspect's name and picture have been widely circulated via email, police have refused to officially confirm his identity.

Police protocol stipulates that a suspect be either charged or released within 48 hours, or 72 hours under special circumstances. The Bermuda Sun understands that police have extended the period because they are determined to get every detail straight in what is arguably Bermuda's most high-profile case since Rebecca Middleton was murdered in 1996.

In particular, detectives have been waiting for a top-class forensic pathologist to arrive from Canada. The pathologist was expected to arrive on the island to carry out an autopsy today.