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24/06/2018 18:39 BST | Updated 24/06/2018 23:02 BST

Retired Couple From Manchester Found Dead In Jamaica

Police are treating deaths of Charlie and Gayle Anderson as suspected murder.

The sons of a retired British couple found dead at their home in Jamaica have said they are “completely devastated” after the death of their “hugely popular” parents.

Police are treating the deaths of Charlie and Gayle Anderson, both originally from Manchester, as suspected murder.

Anderson, 74, and his 71-year-old wife, were discovered on Friday at their home in Mount Pleasant, according to local media reports.

The Foreign Office would not confirm when they were discovered.

Their bodies were found with serious injuries and police investigations have suggested the couple may have been the victims of fraud, the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper reported.

Foreign Office
Gayle and Charlie Anderson.

The Andersons’ sons said in a statement: “Our parents Charlie and Gayle enjoyed a long and happy marriage of 55 years and leave behind their four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“They were hardworking people, building a business with integrity and making sure we were always provided for.

“Charlie and Gayle were pillars of the community in Manchester and Jamaica, and were hugely popular and loved by many.

“They were just beginning the next chapter of their lives, retiring to Jamaica before this terrible tragedy.

“We would like to thank our friends, family and community for their prayers and support.

“We are completely devastated and ask for privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

Former neighbour Kishore Singh, who lives on High Bank in Manchester, said the couple “were two of the most beautiful people in the world, Charlie was like a father to me”.

The 51-year-old said Mr Anderson had been building a house in Jamaica and had been going back and forth over the past few years.

He said: “He would tell me ‘I’m going home, I’ve worked in this country and now I want to go home and retire and enjoy my last few years’.

“He would tell me how the house building was going with so much pride in his face. We’d stand outside talking for hours.

“When I found out what happened I couldn’t accept it. Not Charlie.”

He said the Andersons moved out to Jamaica for good around 12 months ago having lived in Manchester for decades, but had been back in the UK recently after falling victim to credit card fraud.