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Operation under way to recapture suspect in US missionaries' murders

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Dwight Henry

As the police and soldiers team up to hunt down the man accused of killing two American missionaries who escaped from hospital in St Mary, the police have established a telephone hotline, 994-2452, for persons who have information that can assist with recapturing him.

Dwight Henry, who escaped police custody while at a hospital on Wednesday, is wanted for the murder of two US missionaries in April 2016.

The police say that anyone with information that can lead to the recapture of Henry is being asked to use the hotline 994-2452, Crime Stop at 311, the police 119 emergency number, or that of the nearest police station.

A joint police-military operation is on in St Mary to recapture Henry, otherwise called 'Dougie' and 'Chino', who has been on the run since Wednesday afternoon.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force Communications Officer, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, told The Gleaner Power 106 News Centre yesterday morning that additional resources have been deployed to the parish to recapture the 25-year-old man.

 

HOSPITAL ESCAPE

 

The police reported that Henry, who was being held at the Oracabessa Police Station, complained about feeling ill and was taken to the Port Maria Hospital, from which he escaped.

Henry was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm in June last year.

His co-accused, Andre Thomas, was also charged by the police in June 2016 in relation to the murder of the missionaries.

Forty-eight-year-old Randy Hentzel was found dead in Wentworth district in St Mary on Saturday, April 30, and his missionary colleague, 53-year-old Harold Nichols, was found dead the following day.