US law enforcement officials join Jamaica investigation into missionaries’ murders
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)