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Daughter of slain Canadian couple facing challenges getting their bodies home

Published:Thursday | January 25, 2018 | 10:16 AM

The daughter of the Canadian couple found dead in their home in St Thomas says she’s facing difficulty bringing their bodies back to Canada.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne Flake and his wife 70-year-old Etta, were found dead on January 9.

Their daughter, Debbie Olfert reportedly told CTV Winnipeg via telephone from Jamaica that she is facing several challenges.

Olfert informed that she is waiting on a signature from the coroner’s office in Jamaica to release her parents’ bodies.

After that, she says, it will cost about CAN$13,000 plus airfare to transport them to Winnipeg.

Olfert also reportedly informed them that Interpol and Canadian police have offered to help, but the Jamaica Constabulary Force has turned down the offer.

The Flakes had lived in Winnipeg for 53 years after immigrating to Canada with Olfert and another daughter.

They had two more daughters and a son.

Melbourne Flake retired as a carpenter with the Department of National Defence and his wife retired after years as a nurse.

The couple had been spending their winters in either Florida or Jamaica.