A wealthy American couple have been brutally murdered in their holiday home on the Caribbean Island of Saint Maarten. 

The bodies of Michael and Thelma King were found Friday in their beachfront condominium on the Dutch Caribbean island. A suspect in the horrific slayings was arrested early Sunday morning.

According to Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos, both victims had suffered fatal stab wounds and Thelma King was discovered tied to a chair.

Mos said that a motive for the ‘horrific crime’ was not yet clear but Saint Maarten police have now arrested a suspect in the slayings of the couple, who are from South Carolina.

Police spokesman Ricardo Henson says the male suspect was arrested before dawn Sunday. He has not been charged yet.

The couple, both in their 50s, were found dead at their home in the Ocean Club Resort in Cupecoy. The entrepreneurs ran several restaurants on the island and were starting a new rum business

Henson says more details about the man could not be immediately disclosed and says police will issue a statement ‘as soon as more information can be divulged.’

The Kings, who were both in their 50s, owned several homes, including their property on Saint Maarten, and owned numerous restaurants on the island.

Successful entrepreneurs, the Kings were generous people whom everybody loved, say friends who can’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt them.

‘It’s beyond me. It was such a shock,’ said Terry Tamblyn of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, who last spoke with King two weeks ago. ‘I can’t figure any reason. It was crazy to me. Everybody loved Mike and Thelma.’

Michael King was a generous man, said Tamblyn, who was a partner with King in St. Maarten rental property.

‘He’d give you the shirt off his back,’ Tamblyn said. ‘They were just the greatest people in the world. I can’t think of any enemies.’

King was a retired insurance executive who later started a successful printing business that he sold, Tamblyn said. He said King owned a couple of restaurants on the island and was about to start a new spiced-rum business.

Local restaurant owner Topper Daboul said that he was a friend of the couple and was building a rum factory with them.

‘These two people probably had to hang their wings up at night. That’s how beautiful they were,’ Daboul said. ‘Their life was pretty successful … They had oodles of dollars. They had everything they ever wanted in life.’

Daboul said he last saw Michael King on Wednesday afternoon.

‘I knew some other friends had drinks with them that night,’ he said. ‘We weren’t able to reach them on Thursday. We called all day on Thursday. The fact that he didn’t call made me a little suspicious, but not a lot.’

Daboul said he drove over to the King’s home at the Ocean Club Resort in Cupecoy on Friday and banged on the door.

Source: The Daily Mail


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