The partially-decomposed body of 41-year-old teacher Samuel Martin, who went missing last Friday, has been found in bushes in Juno Crescent in May Pen, Clarendon.
Head of the Clarendon Police, Senior Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell, says the body was discovered about 10 o’ clock this morning during a search of the area.
Cameron Powell says the area was isolated and covered with vegetation.
Cameron Powell says investigators confirmed his identity based on information containing in the missing person report, adding that forensic analysis as part of the post mortem would be conducted.
She says Martin’s hands and feet were bound and that the body was found about 300 metres from where his car was discovered on Friday night.
Further, she says the body was covered in gasoline.
Cameron Powell says investigators theorise that the substance was used by the attackers to mask the smell of the decomposing body.
“Let me tell you something that’s very, very new to Jamaica and I’ve never heard of this in my 35 years of policing where gas oil [is] thrown on the body to keep down the scent. So while it is partially decomposed there is no odour coming from that body to draw attention to nearby people or passersby,” Cameron Powell told Hotline host Emily Shields on RJR this afternoon.
The Clarendon Police head says investigators are unable to determine if there was violence to the body given the state of decomposition.
Cameron Powell says investigators have collected several statements and will go all out to find the attackers.
“A lot of persons saw what happened, they knew what happened and they hid the information… people had information from Saturday which would have helped us. And this is the sad part of how cold our citizens have become,” she said.