States of Jersey Police are investigating two separate and tragic deaths in Jersey. The deceased have been named as 46-year-old Colin Chevalier and 17-year-old Jared Harrison [8 April 2014].
Officers were called to a house in St. Helier, Jersey at 6am on Saturday 5th April by ambulance crews requiring assistance. Upon arrival they found 17-year-old Jared Harrison deceased. Two teenagers subsequently arrested on suspicion of importation of a controlled drug have been released pending further enquiries.
In an unrelated incident, two men and a woman remain in custody this morning on suspicion of the murder of 46-year-old Jersey resident Colin Chevalier. States of Jersey Police were alerted to an incident at 10.20pm on Saturday 5th April, before finding the body of Colin Chevalier at an address in Duhamel Place, St. Helier.
Deaths will have shocked the Island's community
The Acting Chief Minister for Jersey, Senator Ian Le Marquand, has issued the following statement in response to the tragic events of the weekend:
"I was deeply saddened by news of two tragic deaths this weekend and I would like to extend my sincerest sympathy to the friends and relatives of those involved.
"The States of Jersey Police officers are now investigating both incidents, which are unrelated. I know a violent death will have shocked the Island’s community, as will the very sad death of a young man with his life ahead of him. Despite this, Jersey remains a very safe place and events of this nature are rare.
Health Warning issued
"I particularly want to thank the emergency services, paramedics and hospital staff for their work this weekend. At the same time I want to reinforce the warning issued by Police and Health Agencies of the dangers of taking any unprescribed drug.
"On behalf of the Council of Ministers, our thoughts are with all those affected by this very sad weekend in our island."
The families of the deceased are being supported by specially trained Family Liaison Officers.
Investigations continue into both deaths and anyone with information is asked to please call States of Jersey Police on 01534 612612 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For further information or updates, please visit www.jersey.police.uk. A Parent's Guide to Drugs is also available to download. This guide was updated in December 2013 by the Public Health Department, working in partnership with agencies Island-wide and contains practical advice about what you can actually do as a parent, whether your children are using drugs or not.