Family wants high level probe in elderly couple's murder

January 17, 2018


The police say that a top level team has been assembled to probe the murder of the elderly Canadian couple who were found dead in their home last week in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

This comes as the couple's family has called for a proper investigation into the incident. The family also expressed concerns that the heinous crime may deter persons in Canada from coming to Jamaica.

In an email sent to our news team, one of the couple's children wrote: "Many of our family, friends, church families, colleagues, acquaintances here abroad know of our shock and grief and will not go back to Jamaica as tourists. Also those who were from Jamaica and thinking of moving back don't think that's a good idea anymore. It's in the news. Everybody is talking about this crime and waiting to see what Jamaica will do. Please push Jamaica police to include Interpol to solve this crime. Otherwise Jamaica's tourism and economy will decline!"




Melbourne Flake, 81, and his 70-year-old wife, Etta Flake, both of Retreat in St Thomas were reportedly found by constructions workers on Tuesday, January 9.

The incident was reported in the Canadian media as the Flakes, who were born in Jamaica, were said to be living in Canada for more than 50 years.

Yesterday when THE STAR contacted the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), commanding officer Inspector Dahlia Garrick told our news team that the investigators are still following strong leads.

"A top level team is probing the matter. The investigators are still following some very strong leads. However, no arrests as yet," she said.

When asked if the local police are working with their Canadian counterparts, Garrick told our news team that the crime chief for the parish Superintendent Sutherland would be better able to speak in that regard.

Calls to Sutherland's phone went unanswered.

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