News Americas, PHILLIPSBURGH, St. Maarten, Sat. Sept. 22, 2012: Police in St. Maarten are investigating the murder of an American couple who were found murdered at the Ocean Club.
According to the country’s Chief Prosecutor, Hans Mos, late Friday morning, police were informed about a possible crime scene in a house at the Ocean Club Resort in Cupecoy. Upon arrival Police discovered the lifeless bodies of a man and a woman. Both appeared to have sustained lethal stab wounds.
The woman was tied to a chair while the man was lying on the floor and partially over another chair. The doctor who was at the crime scene
found no indication whatsoever of a possible sexual motive. The motive of this horrific crime is yet unclear.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the couple found murdered at the Ocean Club in St. Maarten. Since the incident is still under investigation, we cannot comment about the details at this time, but we can assure you that every government resource is being brought into play to investigate and solve this case,” tourism officials said.
Police have secured the crime scene and the forensic department of the Sint Martin Police Force has been conducting a thorough investigation. Subsequently a house search was conducted on judge’s order while officers have been questioning numerous possible witnesses.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office has been in contact with the American Consul in Curaçao and has requested the Consul to inform the family members. As long as no formal identification has taken place no information on the identity of the victims can be divulged.
However, press reports identify the couple as Michael and Thelma King of South Carolina. The Kings were reportely part-time residents of St. Maarten and owned several homes here.
A police investigation team of 25 officers are involved in the investigation.