Peggy Brunner was preparing dinner when her phone began ringing Sunday night. She grabbed her cell and stopped cold the moment she saw the name that flashed on the screen.
Desi — as in Desiree Gibbon, her 26-year-old niece who was murdered on the island of Jamaica two months ago.
The slain Queens woman’s cell phone was never recovered, and her killing remains unsolved. “I got goosebumps from my head to my toes,” Brunner told the New York Daily News.
But her hope for a breakthrough was dashed when she answered the call at precisely 5:26 p.m. and was met by silence on the other end.
Brunner missed a second call from Gibbon’s phone some six hours later, at 11:43 p.m.
When she tried to call back, Brunner got the message she hears anytime she dials her niece’s number — this phone is not working.
Aspiring model Desiree Gibbon’s body was found with her throat slashed and her wrists bruised, according to law enforcement.
The victim's body was found November 26, 2017 on a roadside in St. James Parish, Jamaica.