TORONTO -- A 53-year-old local woman was murdered earlier this week in a busy Jamaican tourist town, police on the Caribbean island confirmed Thursday.
Shirley Lewis-McFarlane had been renting a home in Discovery Bay, on the north coast, over the past few weeks. Police were called to that home around 4 p.m. Monday and found her body, Jamaican Constabulary Force Supt. Yvonne Martin Daley said.
Martin Daley said the case is being given "priority attention." She could not comment on whether the police had any suspects or knew the motive behind the murder.
Conflicting media reports from the island indicated that the woman's throat may have been slashed in the attack, but police would not confirm the cause of death.
"The information that I have is that she had bruises to her face so some blunt force was applied," Martin Daley said.
Daley appealed to any of Lewis-McFarlane's friends or family in Canada who might have information to contact police in St. Ann Parish.