Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Confirm Man in Custody after Winnipeg Couple Found Dead in Jamaica

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Confirm Man in Custody after Winnipeg Couple Found Dead in Jamaica

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Suspect arrested in death of Winnipeg couple in Jamaica

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WINNIPEG - Police in Jamaica say they have made an arrest in the deaths of a husband and wife from Winnipeg a month ago.

Melbourne Flake, who was 81, and 70-year-old Etta Flake were found dead in their Saint Thomas vacation home on Jan. 9.

Their daughter, Debbie Olfert, says she and her four siblings are happy a man is in custody, but she cautions he is only a suspect.

Olfert has previously said that her mother was suffocated and her father was beaten in an apparent botched robbery.

Their funeral is in Winnipeg on Saturday.

The Flakes had lived in Winnipeg for 53 years after immigrating to Canada.

Melbourne Flake worked for 38 years as a carpenter for the Department of National Defence and his wife retired after years as a nurse.

Olfert faced several challenges bringing her parents home from Jamaica. She had to wait for a signature from the coroner's office to release her parents' bodies. She also had to work to expedite their death certificates -- which she said usually aren't issued for up to a year or more in the Caribbean country. …

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