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No evidence of cop's involvement with murder of Westmoreland woman — JCF

Sunday, June 18, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Police High Command has acknowledged allegations of the possible involvement of a police officer in the disappearance and subsequent murder of a female employee of the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station, whose body was found in a canefield on Friday evening.

Relatives of the deceased — 21-year-old Shantel Wright — and other community members mounted roadblock in Little London, Westmoreland yesterday disrupted normal activities on the road leading to the popular tourist town of Negril to protest the woman's death.

They alleged that Wright was last seen alive in the company of a senior police officer, who is stationed in Westmoreland, and called for the senior officer to answer certain questions.

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According to a statement issued by the Police High Command last evening, the officer against whom this allegation has been made has been reassigned and is cooperating fully with investigators.

However, they said: "At this time, the police have no evidence of this officer's involvement with this crime,” but “are pursuing a full investigation with the sole objective of identifying the person or persons responsible”.

“We will keep the public informed of the progress of the investigation. In the meantime, we are appealing to citizens to be calm, and to share any information that can assist us during the course of the investigation,” the High Command added.

The lead investigator is Superintendent Gervis Moore of Area One Headquarters. He may be contacted at 312-5466. Information may be also relayed to the police by calling 119, 311 or 811.