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US Missionaries in Jamaica Found Slain at Different Spots

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Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols. (Twitter@hinterlandg)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 May 2016 08:06 AM

Two U.S. missionaries working in Jamaica for 14 years were found slain in different parts of a rural area known for violent crime after they were seen together riding motor bikes. One was bound and apparently shot.

Randy Hentzel, 48, was found Saturday at a location in St. Mary Parish, then the body of Harold Nichols, 53, was discovered Sunday in another location of the parish, Jamaica Constable Yolanda Henry told NBC News.

"From the initial observations, it's suspected that they were killed by gunshot wounds, but we are still waiting on the results of an autopsy," Henry said.

The Jamaican Observer said Nichols and Hentzel rented two motor bikes in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on Saturday and went on a mountainous trail. Residents later found Hentzel's body with his hands bound together next to a motor bike.

Authorities told the Observer that Nichols motor bike was found in the same area and a search began for him. The Jamaican Gleaner said his body was found late Sunday afternoon.

"Marks of violence were seen (on Nichols' body)," Dwight Powell, deputy superintendent of police, told the Gleaner. "These persons are missionaries and they would have been in Jamaica for over 14 years doing a lot of humanitarian work. They were assisting people with houses and with a regular medical team that comes down from abroad."

NBC News said Hentzel and Nichols had lived in Jamaica since 2002 with their wives, working for the religious group TEAMS for Medical Missions, located in Pennsylvania.

"We do not know who would do this or what their motivation was," John Heater, director of TEAMS, said. "These men greatly loved the people of Jamaica and were greatly loved in return."

Joshua Polacheck, counsellor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, told the Gleaner that Hentzel and Nichols had been "pillars of both communities for years."

"We are saddened by the horrible deaths of the two American missionaries," Polacheck said. "The ambassador has been in contact with the highest levels of the Jamaican security apparatus, and we are hoping for a speedy resolution to this matter and that the killers are found and brought to justice."

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