February 9, 2018 9:34 am
Updated: February 9, 2018 1:25 pm

Jamaican police confirm man in custody in connection to Winnipeg couple’s death

Etta and Melbourne Flake were found dead in their home in Jamaica on Jan. 9, 2018.

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Jamaican police have confirmed a man has been taken into custody after a Winnipeg couple was found dead in their Jamaican vacation home.

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On Jan. 9, Melbourne Flake, 81, and Etta Flake, 70, were found in their home in St. Thomas, Jamaica.

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Jamaican police say the man has been in custody since Feb. 7. No other information is being released at this time.

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The couple’s grandson told Global News they had lived in Winnipeg since the 1960s.

Police told the family the incident was a burglary gone awry, but their daughter, Debbie Olfert, previously told Global News she doesn’t know how it could have happened. Olfert is one of five children of the couple and spoke with Global News Radio 680 CJOB’s Geoff Currier this morning.

“I’m still processing it. I think that as each sibling makes it in from Vancouver, Toronto, Georgia, Florida – I then find myself sharing their pain because they are just, for the first time, coming into a place where their parents were. Where they lived. Where they worked. And it becomes more real.”

You can hear the entire interview here.

The Flakes are also survived by 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Officers have still offered no motive for the murders.

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