Neville Paul, Gleaner Writer
A MAN has been taken into custody in connection with the murder of a 63-year-old returning resident, who was found with her throat slashed at her Orange Grove home in Knoxwood, St. Elizabeth, yesterday morning.
Police say the body of Meretha Dawkins was discovered about 9:00 a.m., lying in a pool of blood, by her nephew.
A machete believed to be the murder weapon was found along with a mop in a lot adjoining Ms. Dawkins' house.
Investigators theorise the elderly woman was killed some time between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. yesterday. They say no motive has been determined for her killing.
There were signs of a blood trail in the kitchen and washroom as blood was found on a refrigerator and washing machine.
Residents say Ms. Dawkins had a dispute with a young man on Wednesday night and, in recent times, had reported being threatened.
Her neighbours also told The Gleaner that she made a number of reports to the Lacovia police in regards to the threats she received.
The police are appealing to residents with information to visit the Black River Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) or the Lacovia Police Station.