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Suspect in death of two Trelawny kids held in St Mary

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, July 28, 2014    

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Trelawny police now have in their custody the prime suspect in the murders of the two St James children, whose bodies were found in a pond earlier this month.

The police had launched a manhunt for the suspected killer of 10-year-old Meleeka Mitchell, also known as 'Jody', and 12-year-old Omari Sterling, both of Paradise Norwood, St James, whose bodies were found in Trelawny two days after they went on a beach trip and went missing.

According to a Jamaica Observer source, the suspect was on Saturday picked up in St Mary and subsequently handed over to the Trelawny police.

Details surrounding the apprehension of the man, who is to face an identification parade, was not disclosed.

In the meantime, a source said investigation is being carried out to determine whether the suspect is linked to the suspected murders of Alex Brown,10, and seven-year-old Javani Brown (not related), whose decomposing bodies were fished from the Martha Brae River nearly two years ago.

Family members believe that the boys were sodomised and killed.

"The pattern of conduct is consistent with a previous incident in Trelawny in which two boys were found in a river near to where the two St James children were found," the Observer source said yesterday.

"We will be probing those (suspected murders) and others," a police spokesperson said.

Last week, the police charged Ronald Mitchell, father of 10-year-old Meleeka Mitchell with neglecting a juvenile because the adult he gave permission to accompany the children to the beach was said to be of unsound mind.

A memorial service for Omari Sterling was yesterday held at the Norwood Seventh-day Adventist Church in St James.

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