The girl, identified as Tricia Morris of Woodland, Hanover, attended Watford Hill Primary School in the parish.
According to Deputy Superintendent Dahlia Garrick, head of the constabulary’s Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), one of the five was picked up Tuesday, while three were held yesterday morning during an operation in Haddington district, and another later in the day.
“The investigation is being done by the Major Investigation Division and Hanover investigators,” said Garrick. She added that support has been given to the family and community from the Victim Support Unit, Community Safety and Security Branch, the Chaplaincy Unit, and the local church community, who have been in the community offering counselling.
A police report said about 7:00 pm Saturday Tricia left home for evening service at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the community; however, she never made it and a missing person’s report was subsequently made to the police.
Police said the little girl was found partially clothed, with signs that she may have been sexually assaulted. Garrick told the reporters that the police were awaiting the forensic report to determine if she had been raped.
“From the observation made at the scene, it is suspected that she might have been sexually assaulted, but we are awaiting the forensics to confirm that,” Garrick said.
“We are calling on the public and residents of the area to remain calm, and whatever information they have on this incident to share it with the police. They may do so by calling the Hanover CIB at 876-956-2304, 311 or 119,” Garrick stated.
Yesterday, president of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Pastor Glen Samuels called for a conscious awakening among the nation in the wake of the barbaric killing of the 11-year-old girl, whose body was discovered three days after she went missing.
On Tuesday morning the worst fears of community and family members were realised when she was found in nearby bushes with multiple wounds to her body.