The deaths of a Bendon district couple have left residents of the Kitson Town, St. Catherine community reeling following the discovery of their bodies in an abandoned building on Monday.
According to reports from the Jamaica Star, the deceased, 46-year-old Ruel Fuller and 39-year-old Georgia Blunt, went missing on Saturday. Blunt operated a water truck that supplied several communities in the West Central St. Catherine constituency.
After Blunt and Fuller left their home on Saturday to deliver water to a farm operated by the businesswoman, they did not return, and a search was launched by residents. The couple’s water truck was located, and the search team followed a dog that was sniffing an abandoned building.
Fuller and Blunt’s remains were discovered inside with their hands and feet bound. Both appeared to have been shot.
Michael Mendez, who was with the search team, told the Star that he was still shaken from the discovery, and other community members have since expressed their shock and the immense feeling of loss that has followed Blunt and Fuller’s deaths. The couple were beloved members of the Bendon district. Blunt has been described as a community builder with a strong maternal instinct.
Theorising that the couple was killed because of theft, one resident, Michelle Small, lamented why the thieves could not have simply robbed the couple and left them alive.
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Dr Christopher Tufton, Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, has called Blunt and Fuller’s deaths a tragedy that will have adverse effects on the community as their water delivery service was vital. Dr Tufton said it would take a concerted effort between the residents and the police to solve the couple’s murder.