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Police awaiting DNA, Phone records analysis in UTech graduate, businessman abduction

Published:Monday | April 7, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The police say they are awaiting the results of DNA and phone records analyses to determine their next step in the investigation of the October 2013 abduction of two men from their Kirkland Heights, St Andrew home.

Twenty-seven-year-old businessman, Curtis Martin, and 25-year-old University of Technology graduate, Mario Daley, were abducted at gunpoint from their home on October 21 last year.

They have not been seen or heard from since.

Five months after being abducted, there is still no word on whether Curtis Martin and his friend, Mario Daley, are alive.

The police made a significant breakthrough almost three weeks after the October 21 abduction when Dionne Mitchell, Damion Lawrence and Evon Simmonds were arrested on gun related charges.

They are to stand trial later this year.

It is believed that the suspects were used by a mastermind based in the United States.

However, after conducting major operations inside and outside the Corporate Area, the police have not found any significant clue on the whereabouts of Martin and Daley.

A senior investigator told the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that several items were found in a car linked to the abduction.

He says tests are now being done by the Government’s Forensics Laboratory to establish whether DNA found on the items can be matched with the missing men.

The investigator says the police are also awaiting statements from phone records analysis.

He says consultations are ongoing with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The police have confirmed that a Jamaican businessman residing in the US, offered $300,000 for the men’s abduction.

It is understood that following the abduction, the alleged mastermind refused to pay over the money on the grounds that police would easily chase him.

Daley graduated from UTech in 2012 and was an employee at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, while Martin is the manager of CJM Metals in St Andrew.


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