2 American missionaries found dead in Jamaica

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Two Americans Murdered in Jamaica

Two American missionaries have been found dead in rural Jamaica.

The two men, aged 48 and 53, have been identified as Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols who were working in the country on behalf of the Pennsylvania-based religious group, Teams for Medical Missions.

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Hentzel and Nichols were reportedly on their way to check on the foundation of a house they were building for an impoverished family before authorities found their bodies in separate bushes in St. Mary parish.

The executive director of the organization, John Heater, reflected on the loss by saying, "These men greatly loved the people of Jamaica and were greatly loved in return."

This continues a troubling trend of violent crime in Jamaica -- a popular tourist destination and a country that saw 1,195 killings in 2015, which is a 20 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Police are still searching for the murder suspect or suspects.

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