Wednesday 23 October, 2019

'Strong leads' in teacher's murder - Clarendon police

Samuel Martin

Samuel Martin

Head of the Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell and her team of investigators have yet to make an arrest in the the death of 41-year-old teacher Samuel Martin of Waterloo Close, St Andrew.

“We have not reached the stage where we have arrested the persons yet, but we’re making progress, it hasn’t been a closed case. It’s a very active case,” SSP Cameron-Powell told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.

Martin’s funeral will be held on Saturday, June 29, at the Webster United Church at 57 Half-Way Tree Road, St Andrew, and fresh questions are being raised about bringing his killers to justice.

Despite the lack of an arrest, the SSP has said that the investigators are aggressively pursuing strong leads in Martin's death.

His decomposing body was found in bushes in Juno Crescent in May Pen, Clarendon, on April 25, after he had been reported missing for almost a week.

His hands and feet were bound, and his body was covered in gasolene. Martin's guardians are Reverend Raymond Coke and his wife, Ruth. 

“When they found his car, his house key was inside along with his Bible, a pair of jeans pants, sneakers, and some college papers. The only things that were missing were his car keys and some car documents,” Reverend Coke told the media at the time.

Martin was never legally adopted, but he was raised by the Cokes and the Meadowbrook United Church family from a tender age.

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