US law enforcement to assist probe into tourist's death

September 22, 2017
Police use yellow tape to block off the entrance to the Kingston Mall in downtown Kingston during their investigation into a murder-suicide in 2016. A security guard had reportedly shot and killed his girlfriend at the scene before killing himself.

American law enforcement officials are working with their local counterparts to track the scammers linked to the murder of retired US schoolteacher Heidi Ann Muth in Montego Bay, St James.

Information reaching THE WEEKEND STAR is that Muth, 68, was found on September 10 with stab wounds to her head and upper body on a dirt track in Ironshore.

Reports are that she arrived in Jamaica on September 8.

According to media reports out of the US, a friend of Muth allegedly told reporters that she came to Jamaica to collect money owed to her.

Investigators, however, theorised that lottery scammers lured Muth to Jamaica and killed her.

A manhunt has since been launched for the group of scammers believed to be responsible for the act.

THE WEEKEND STAR also gathered that Muth sent money to scammers sometime last year after she was told that she had won a lottery.

Our news team understands that Muth reported the matter to US authorities who along with her friends warned her not to travel to Jamaica.


Brutal murder


Muth apparently ignored the warning and visited the island where she met her demise.

The international media has been reporting heavily on the brutal murder of the senior.

Muth, a widow with two sons and a daughter, had taught history in Orange County schools for 37 years.

She also served on the St Joseph Hospital Foundation Board.

Up to news time, efforts by THE WEEKEND STAR to speak with Sergeant Kevin Watson, who heads the police's Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force proved futile.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) told our news team that no arrests have been made and that investigations are ongoing.

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