Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
A man was yesterday on the run while the community of Hillside in Manchester was in shock after a 16-year-old schoolgirl was murdered.
Martha Byrowe, a grade-10 student of Cross Keys High in south Manchester, was found dead with multiple stab wounds at a house in Albion where she allegedly lived with the man being sought by the police.
The Mandeville police have since taken the girl's mother, who lives next door to the house, in for questioning.
Her sister, Lotoya Thompson, said that Martha went to sports day on Tuesday at her school and later went to Mandeville before returning home minutes after 8 p.m.
Neighbours reportedly heard the couple arguing that same night.
A neighbour - who minutes after 11 a.m. yesterday came by to visit Martha's boyfriend, who is said to be originally from Montego Bay, St James - discovered the girl's body.
Residents were angered by the discovery, with one person saying she had warned Martha about being in a relationship with the man, who is said to be much older than her. She said the girl denied the relationship.
BE WARY OF STRANGERS
Inspector Paul Bernard of the Manchester police expressed concern that residents of the community did not know the name or background of the boyfriend, who is said to have been living in the area for a year and a half.
He cautioned residents to be wary of persons who come into communities to live "with little or nothing".
In a release yesterday afternoon, the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) said detectives were appealing for residents of the community, or anyone who may know the whereabouts of 'Bruce' or 'Sebastian', to come forward.
"Investigators believe that he may be able to help them in their investigations," the CCN said.
Such persons are being asked to contact the Mandeville CIB at 922-4487, Crime Stop at 311 or 811, Police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station