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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Residents of Top Greenvale in this south-central parish are shocked and disturbed that their neighbor 45-year-old Paula Saunders was on Tuesday found dead a day after she went missing from the community.
Saunders’s partially decomposed body was found on Bethel Street, Greenvale in a remote area covered by pieces of log, which residents believe her killer intended to use to burn her body.
Unconfirmed reports from residents suggest that a man may have been taken into police custody in relation to the incident.
Efforts to contact the head of the Manchester police Superintendent Lloyd Darby up to mid-afternoon Wednesday were unsuccessful as calls and messages sent to him went unanswered.
A resident of Top Greenvale, who asked not to be named, said Saunders paid him to do gardening at her home ever since she moved to the community from Clarendon three years ago.
“You see Monday when she a left out yah she call me pon mi phone enuh, because she did gone a Mandeville a tell mi seh ‘rain ago fall so drop down the tarpaulin weh the chicken dem deh’, so mi do that for her. Mi seh to her mek sure you buy patty fi mi,” he said, as he recalled his last conversation with her on the day she went missing.
“Monday from inna the day she left out and she nuh come back,” he added.
A report from the constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit said about 8:50 am on Tuesday, residents stumbled on Saunders’s body and alerted the police.