3 Escaped Prisoners Are Accused of Killing a US Couple Who Went Missing While Sailing in Grenada

Police said on Thursday that three escaped prisoners from the Caribbean island of Grenada in the east have been charged with the murder of a US couple whom they kidnaped.

A 30-year-old sailor named Ron Mitchell, a 25-year-old farmer named Atiba Stanislaus, and a 23-year-old jobless man named Trevon Robertson were accused of capital murder, escaping lawful custody, housebreaking, robbery, and kidnapping.

Additionally, Stanislaus was charged with one count of rape, the Royal Grenada Police Force said in a statement.

The men appeared in court on Thursday and were ordered to remain in custody until their hearing in late March.

They were charged with breaking out of a police holding cell on February 18 and robbing Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel of their catamaran while they were on board.

When the suspects went to the neighboring island of St. Vincent, where they were apprehended on February 21, authorities stated they thought the pair had been thrown overboard.

On Monday, three men were ordered deported from St. Vincent.

The charity Salty Dawg Sailing Association characterized Hendry and Brandel as “veteran cruisers” who took part in last year’s Caribbean Rally from Hampton, Virginia, to Antigua and intended to spend the winter sailing in the eastern Caribbean.

Their bodies have yet to be found.

3 Escaped Prisoners Are Accused of Killing a US couple Who Went Missing While Sailing in Grenada

Living aboard their yacht, Hendry and Brandel traveled the east coast of the United States “making friends with everyone they encountered, singing, dancing, and laughing with friends and family,” according to a statement released by the couple’s family last week.

“We would like to say a few words about Kathy and Ralph that we wish all to know,” the family stated.”We live in a world that at times can be cruel, but it’s also a world of profound beauty, wonder, adventure, love, compassion, caring, and faith. Our parents encompassed all those values and so much more. If we have learned anything from this tragic event, it’s that we know they left this world in a better place than it was before they were born.”

Hendry and Brandel are described as “warm-hearted and capable” members of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association, which also mentioned that Brandel spent two years serving on the board.

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According to a GoFundMe website, Brandel became a grandma for the first time. As of Friday, the page had raised more than $75,000.

Longtime friend K.C. McAlpin expressed her sadness, saying, “It’s just really sad.” Brandel and Hendry had intended to take Simplicity on their “last grand trip.”

According to McAlpin, the couple was always able to make friends, and he hoped that their large hearts would live on.

“They were just a delightful couple and a real blessing in my life, and the lives of so many other people,” he stated.

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