Burned bodies of retired British couple found in Portland after they were conned out of J$8-MILLION

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portland-couple-killed-photo-1.jpgThe farming community of Mount Pleasant in west Portland has been rocked by a double murder after the bodies of Charlie Anderson, 74 and his wife Gayle Anderson, 71, were discovered 'partially burned' in the early hours of Friday morning.

The couple, who had retired to Jamaica from Manchester, England, were said to have sustained several wounds to the neck and face.Mrs. Anderson, who only recently returned to Jamaica from the United Kingdom (UK), was reportedly found with her hands and feet bound. Mr Anderson's body appeared to have been partially burned and also had what investigators believed to be gunshot wounds.

Preliminary police investigations revealed that the couple had recently been defrauded of $8 million Jamaican dollars (£50,000) by credit card scammers.

According to a family member, between August last year and May of this year, a total of 45 credit card transactions were made at prominent hardware stores and supermarkets in Portland without their knowledge.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Throyville Haughton told The Sunday Gleaner: 'Both bodies had wounds to the neck and face. However, we are not yet able to say what might have caused those injuries.

'We are making every effort to bring closure to this heinous crime, and as such, we are getting assistance from our Area Headquarters and also from Technical Services from Kingston. Our detectives are still in the area carrying out investigations.'

Reports are that the woman was forced to return to the UK in order to secure copies of commercial transactions made by the fraudster (s).

"She returned about two or so weeks ago with the printout [record] from her bank in England," commented the source.

"To the best of my knowledge, those documents were handed over to the police, who started their investigation. I also learned that between August last year and May of this year, a total of 45 credit card transactions were made at prominent hardware stores and supermarkets in Portland," the source further disclosed.

According to investigators, they are looking for a man from the Mount Pleasant community who reportedly fled the area a little over a month ago. The police said that they believe that the man could assist with their investigation.

"I am baffled by these murders. They (the deceased couple) have given so much to this community, and they have never said no to anyone. Each time they are in Jamaica, they bring back shoes, clothes, tablets, food stuff, school items, and other stuff for residents," said Jerome Heslop, a farmer from the community. "It is a wicked and sinful act, and the community has lost two great people."

Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Anderson's sons said in a statement to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: "Our parents Charlie and Gayle enjoyed a long and happy marriage of 55 years and leave behind their four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They were hardworking people, building a business with integrity and making sure we were always provided for. Charlie and Gayle were pillars of the community in Manchester and Jamaica, and were hugely popular and loved by many. They were just beginning the next chapter of their lives, retiring to Jamaica before this terrible tragedy. We would like to thank our friends, family and community for their prayers and support. We are completely devastated and ask for privacy at this extremely difficult time."