KINGSTON, MAY 2,2016 :- Two American missionaries who went missing in the North Eastern parish of St.Mary were found murdered in Albion Mountain where they were engaged in humanitarian work,Jamaican police and other law enforcement agents confirmed today.
The bodies of Harold Nichols 53, and 48 year old Randy Hentzel were found in a wooded area close to where they were assisting with the construction of a house for an elderly resident this past weekend.
Local police chief Dwight Powell told reporters that the men had been associated with the area for the past 14 years. “They had received tremendous support from local residents for their work over the years,” he said. At the United States Embassy in Kingston, Joshua Polachek, counselor for Public Affairs told a local Newspaper that “we are saddened by the horrible deaths of the two American Christian missionaries. They were not just visiting, they have been pillars of the communities for several years.”
Polachek went on to express hopes ” for a speedy resolution to the matter,” and that “the killers are found and brought to justice.” Local police say no motive has yet been established for the murder of the two, and that they are following tips that have flowed in on the matter.
The parish of St. Mary is known to be one of the safest in the Island, and Powell — the local police chief — has arranged a meeting with all American missionaries working there to offer assurance of their safety. At the First Family church in Akney Iowa where Hentzel was a member, parishioners have launched a fund to support his family.