Missing woman found buried in house
Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
Police have placed a woman in custody in connection with the death of her sister, whose body was found buried inside a house in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday.
Dead is Stacey-Ann Smith, 35-year-old labourer of Landport Way, Portsmouth in Portmore.
Operations officer for the St Catherine South Division, Superintendent Clive Blair said the woman was last seen alive almost a week ago.
"We learnt that she has been missing since Wednesday and although an odour was smelled, (the body) was not located until we were called today," Blair told The Gleaner.
The police said the deceased returned from the Cayman Islands on Sunday.
"In all my 20-odd years as a policeman, it is the most gruesome murder that I have ever seen. I mean the body was placed in a crocus bag and cemented in the wall," Blair continued.
About noon yesterday, the police were called to the scene after a foul odour took over the community.
On the arrival of the police, the body was found buried.
The Gleaner was told it was in a section of the building which is under construction.
Investigators told The Gleaner that persons reportedly heard strange sounds coming from the yard. However, they thought nothing of it as construction had been taking place at the property.
Scores of residents converged on the scene and expressed shock and grief over the situation.
"It was last year January that five persons were killed in the community but this is more shocking to me as time was taken to bury the victim," said resident Marjorie Anderson.
"I cannot understand what would have gone through another human being's mind when you kill someone and then bury them. This is very cold," said Portmore Mayor Keith Hinds.
Persons with knowledge of the sisters said the deceased and individuals in the household had been having disagreements over money.
The Portmore police, who are investigating, have yet to establish a motive for the murder.