A man has been charged with the double murder of the American missionaries, which occurred in St Mary recently.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell today revealed that Andre Thomas, a man from Port Maria, St Mary, was arrested and charged following intensive investigations.
Powell, who was speaking at a media briefing at the Police Commissioner’s office in St Andrew, said that the motive for the murder was robbery.
He also made an appeal for Dwight Henry, also known as ‘Dougie’, also from Port Maria, to turn himself in at the nearest police station.
“We would dearly like to speak to him about this matter and so we are asking him to make himself available to any police station or any policeman across the island by 6:00 pm,” Powell said.
The deceased, 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols, were found dead between April 30 and May 1.
Police reported that both men had rented motorcycles in Ocho Rios, St Ann, and went on a trail.
However, residents later stumbled upon their bodies. Hentzel was found face down with the hands bound and Nichols’ body was found with his head bashed in.
Autopsies later showed that Hentzel died of a gunshot wound while Nichols’ had a gunshot and chop wounds.