Police: British Diplomat Found Dead In Jamaica

By: CNN
By: CNN

(CNN) -- A British diplomat has been found slain at his home in Jamaica, authorities say.

John Terry was the honorary British consul in Montego Bay, Jamaica, said the British Foreign Office in London, England.

Terry, 64, was "killed by unknown assailants at his home in Mount Carey, St. James" on Wednesday, Jamaica's Constabulary Communications Network said in a written statement.

"Mr. Terry's body was discovered in his room with a wound to the head and the police were sought." Authorities received the report about 1:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) Wednesday, the statement said.

Montego Bay's criminal investigative bureau is investigating, the constabulary network said.

"Our sympathy is with the family at this distressing time," the British Foreign Office said.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband issued a statement saying Terry had been an honorary consul for 13 years after "many years of other service to the British community in Jamaica."

"Honorary consuls like John play a valuable role in our work overseas and this was especially true of John, who helped many, many British visitors to Jamaica over the years," Miliband said. "My thoughts are with his wife and children."

Montego Bay is on the northwestern side of the island, roughly 80 miles from the main office of the British High Commission in Kingston. The commission employs about 100 people who focus on promoting trade, issuing visas and topics such as politics, defense and management, the commission says on its Web site.

Mount Carey is just southwest of the Montego Bay area.

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