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U.S. Embassy Officials Confirm Name Of Georgia Woman Hacked To Death In Grenada


RAPED & HACKED TO DEATH: Jessica Lewis Colker

ST. GEORGE’S — U.S. officials on Monday confirmed the death of an Atlanta woman on the Caribbean island of Grenada, amid various media reports that she was killed while walking on the beach with her husband.

British media reports indicated Jessica Lewis Colker, 39, was attacked with a cutlass-style sword Sunday on La Sagesse Beach in the town of St. David. Her husband, 62-year-old Brian Melito, reportedly escaped the attack.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States confirmed  that Colker “was vacationing in Grenada when she died” but did not provide further information.

“The embassy is working closely with officials investigating Ms. Colker’s death, and asks that her family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time,” the embassy’s statement said.

The Royal Grenada Police Force did not respond to requests for interviews inquiries on Monday afternoon.

Ex-convict David Martin Benjamin admitted to the crime, according to Yahoo Travel. He recently got out of prison, according to reports, and walked to the police station to turn himself in.

According to the Georgia Composite Medical Board, Colker was a physician’s assistant who worked with anesthesiologists at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her husband is also a physician.

“Jessica was a valued member of our Children’s team,” hospital spokeswoman Julie Holkeboer said. “We are deeply saddened by this horrific news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this very difficult time.”

According to online records, the couple lived near Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood. An online wedding registry said they married in 2014 after meeting in Costa Rica.

The slaying comes just over a week after American news producer Anne Swaney was strangled while visiting Belize.

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SUSPECT: David Martin Benjamin

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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