Sunday 13 October, 2019

High Command denies refusal of assistance with Canadian murder probe

Melbourne and Etta Flake, a Jamaican-born Canadian couple who were found murdered in St Thomas earlier in January.

Melbourne and Etta Flake, a Jamaican-born Canadian couple who were found murdered in St Thomas earlier in January.

The Police High Command has refuted claims that it says have been made in sections of the media that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has refused assistance from international law enforcement agencies to investigate the killing of two Jamaican-born Canadian residents  in Retreat, St Thomas on January 9.

The bodies of Melbourne Flake, 81, and Etta Flake, 70, were discovered in their home in St Thomas earlier in January.  They were both bound at the hands and feet. The husband had wounds to his head, and the wife appeared to have been suffocated.

The Police High Command, in a release, stated that at no time has the Royal Canadian Mounted Troops or Interpol approached local law enforcement authorities to assist with the investigation into the killings.

JCF officials said they are constantly working with international partners, and have collaborated on several matters with various agencies over the years.

The high command said the JCF and the Royal Canadian Mounted Troops (RCMT) liaison officer, who is attached to the Canadian High Commission in Jamaica, have an open and professional working relationship, and that Jamaica is an active member of Interpol, which has an established local office.

The high command said the investigation into the Flakes' killing is actively progressing and, if the need arises, the JCF would not hesitate to request the input of international law enforcement agencies.

"The High Command wishes to reassure the family members, friends and associates of Mr and Mrs Flake, that the police are unrelenting in their investigation of the killing, and are committed to carrying out a thorough and professional investigation," the release said.

The couple, who migrated to Canada more than 50 years ago, and made Winnipeg their home, often travelled back to their homeland in their retirement, and recently finished building a vacation home  in St Thomas.

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