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VIDEO: No 'real' leads yet into missionaries' murders - commissioner

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 7:56 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A day after the bodies of two American Christian missionaries were found in bushes in Albion Mountain, St Mary, Jamaica's police commissioner Dr Carl Williams says there are no "real leads" and investigators have not yet established motive for the killing.

He also said it is unclear how 53-year-old Harold Nichols and 48-year-old Randy Hentzel, were killed.

However, Williams has vowed that the killers will be caught.

"We can assure you we will bring the perpetrators to justice for these tragic and heinous acts," he said at a press conference late Monday afternoon at his St Andrew offices, adding that residents have pledged to assist the police.

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"We are working  assiduously to find out anything about anyone that might have been involved. I am optimistic , based on the amount of resources that we have committed to this, that we will should be able to make some headway in this investigations," he said

According to Williams, a high-level team of investigators has been dispatched to St Mary to assist with the probe, but said it was too early to say whether the two missionaries were robbed or whether the killers were part of a gang.

Williams further said there are no indications that the men were shot, but noted that autopsies will be conducted Tuesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.