Saturday 19 October, 2019

No suspect in custody for Raven Wilson’s murder - St Ann police

Raven Wilson

Raven Wilson

Despite widespread reports that suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the gruesome murder of Ocho Rios High School student, 14-year-old Raven Wilson, the St Ann police are refuting those claims.

The position of the police in the garden parish is that they have questioned several persons and collected additional statements to assist in their ongoing investigations.

Investigators have also recovered belongings of the schoolgirl, including her schoolbag and a pair of shoes, which they have classified as vital evidence in their probe.

The teenager's schoolbag was retrieved at a premises in Top Road in St Ann's Bay on Tuesday.

The body of Raven, who resided in the Top Road community, was found in a garbage bag with wounds to her head in bushes close to her home on Sunday after she was reported missing last Friday, October 19.

It has also been revealed that the teenager, who left home for school at about 6:30 a.m., did not attend school that day.

Residents of the community are said to be desperate for the girl's attackers to be located, for justice to take its course.

The murder has attracted widespread condemnation across the society, including from National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, who described the killings of children as "shameful and un-Jamaican".

In a statement, Chang said: “We are concerned about the attacks on our children and young girls in particular. The heinous, barbaric nature of the crimes are appalling and reflect concerning lows in our society’s conscience.”

He said he would be engaging the Police High Command on the way forward to address the disturbing trend.

“We must take steps to ensure that these perpetrators understand that they will be pursued and tried to the full extent of the law," Chang added.

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