Father laments brutal slaying of his daughter whose body was found in an igloo

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgOn Tuesday, August 28 at approximately 1:25 a.m., the Manchester police found the body of a woman, with a slashed throat, wrapped in a sheet, in an igloo on the back seat of a Toyota Starlet motor car along Marshall's Pen Road in the parish.

Two days later, fears were confirmed when Dr Pastor Amos Campbell positively identified the body as that of his 25-year-old daughter, Khyhymn Campbell.

"My daughter decided to move out on her own, and whilst her mother and I asked her to wait a while because there was a lot she didn't know about the world, and a lot she needed to learn, because, truthfully, she grew up pretty sheltered, she still decided to move out," the grieving father is reported to have told The Gleaner in an interview.

"We didn't really hear from her for the past three months because she wouldn't accept our calls out of, possibly, fear that we would deter her from living away and ask her to move back home."

Campbell said when calls from him and his wife to his daughter went unanswered, he would then ask other immediate family members to reach out to her and they would be successful.

"That's why I knew something was wrong, when all the calls made to her phone, by my wife and I, all other family members and close friends went unanswered. I knew then that I had to go to the police station. After visiting the station, I was taken to the morgue, and it was there that my mind was and will forever be negatively stained. I see that picture every now and again. This whole thing has been a real horror story," he recounted.

Campbell said his daughter, who attended the Bishop Gibson High School and later Northern Caribbean University, was always interested in medicine, but was contemplating a possible switch to education prior to her premature end at the university.

"I wanted for her to be able to complete her studies and hold down a good job before even thinking about moving out on her own, but she made the decision this year, and that is when she was exposed to danger," he said.

At the True Vine True Holiness Ministries, located near the New Green roundabout in the parish, where Campbell pastors, Khyhymn was known as one of the best dancers at church.

The police are still on the hunt for the suspect in connection with Khyhymn's murder, Linton Stephenson, aka Jaw Bone, said to be a deacon of a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mandeville and former worker at the Big Rat's Auto Shop.

The police are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Mandeville CIB at (876) 962-2832, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.