US law en­force­ment of­fi­cials join Ja­maica in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mis­sion­ar­ies’ mur­ders

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials from the United States have joined the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Ja­maica po­lice try­ing to un­ravel the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the mur­ders of two Amer­i­can mis­sion­ar­ies, and find their killer.

The US team met with lo­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tors yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the case and have com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force in the probe into the mur­ders of Randy Hentzel, 48, and 53-yearold Harold Ni­chols.

The two, who were at­tached to the Penn­syl­van­nia-based Chris­tian char­ity TEAMS for Med­i­cal Mis­sions, had been liv­ing in Ja­maica for sev­eral years.

They had left their homes on mo­tor­cy­cles on Satur­day to carry out some mis­sion­ary work in Al­bion Moun­tain in the north­east­ern par­ish of St. Mary – the same par­ish in which they resided. Hentzel’s body was dis­cov­ered that af­ter­noon in the ru­ral com­mu­nity and Ni­chols’ body was found the fol­low­ing day.

Au­top­sies car­ried out ear­lier this week con­firmed that Hentzel died of a gun­shot wound while Ni­chols was shot and chopped.

Po­lice say they have still not es­tab­lished a mo­tive for the killings.

MIS­SION­AR­IES RANDY HENTZEL (LEFT) AND HAROLD NI­CHOLS (RIGHT) WERE KILLED OVER THE WEEK­END. (PHO­TOS: FACE­BOOK)

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