Thursday 22 October, 2020

Person of interest in relation to female cop’s murder, still at large

District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte

District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte

The 53-year-old man who the police listed as a person of interest in the case in which Woman District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte was hacked to death at her Patrick City home in St Andrew on Saturday, remains at large and has still not turned in himself to the authorities.

Edwards-Whyte was attached to Crime Stop, which operated out of the Office of the Commissioner of Police in St Andrew.

Detectives assigned to the Hunts Bay Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) listed Barrington Whyte, otherwise called ‘Barry’ and ‘Drop’, of Farmbrook Avenue, Kingston 20, and Santa Hill district in  Spalding, Manchester, as a person of interest.

The police believe that Whyte may be able to assist them in their investigations.

Police had given him until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday to do so, but checks with the authorities up to midday on Monday revealed that he was still at large.

The police said Whyte is being asked to contact investigators at 876-923-7111, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station. Persons can also share information with the police via the Stay Alert App, or Crime Stop at 311.

Edwards-Whyte’s body was found on Saturday with multiple chop wounds at her home.

Reports are that she, her brother and her husband were at home when the brother reportedly left the house to run and errand.

The police reported that the brother said upon returning to the house, he found the grill to the house securely locked.

The brother reportedly called his sister and after not getting an answer, went around to the back of the house and looked through a window and saw Edwards-Whyte lying in a pool of blood.

The police were alerted and managed to gain entry to the house, and the body of the woman was found. A machete was also at the scene.

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