Police Renew Appeal In Murder Investigations

April 6, 2023

The Bermuda Police Service is again renewing its appeal for the assistance of the public in bringing to justice those responsible for the murders of Jordan Outerbridge, Laje Franklin and Che Jennings.

A police spokesperson said, “We are indeed grateful to those individuals who have so far come forward to provide information which has proven invaluable to these ongoing murder investigations.

“However, we remain confident there are other members of the public who have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding these heinous acts, but for whatever reason, are choosing not to come forward and tell us what they know.

Jordan Outerbridge:

“Jordan Outerbridge was shot around 10:34pm on Tuesday 6th April, 2021. He was found on the Railway Trail off Tribe Road #2, Warwick. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

“Resuscitation efforts by police and emergency medical technicians were unsuccessful, and Mr. Outerbridge was declared dead at hospital.

“Mr. Outerbridge left behind his loving wife and son to mourn his passing.

“We have learned that Mr. Outerbridge was attending a regularly scheduled card game at a residence at the location.

“Mr. Outerbridge was first to leave the house, and was shot by a gunman, who jumped on the back of a waiting motorcycle.

“The gunman wore a blue coloured jacket with a hood, his accomplice wore black clothing.

“Anyone with information on the murder of Jordan Outerbridge is urged to contact Detective Inspector Smith on 717-0864 or via e-mail at jsmith2@bps.bm.

Laje Franklin:

“You would remember, a passerby found Laje’s lifeless body lying near the roundabout on the roadway leading to Clearwater Beach, shortly after 6:30am on Wednesday, April 6th 2022. Laje’s body bore several gunshot wounds.”

Detective Inspector Jason Smith of Serious Crime Unit said, “There was forensic evidence recovered at the scene to confirm that Laje was shot near where his body was found. We are appealing for anyone who may have heard any suspicious noises or seen anyone acting in a suspicious manner in the area of Tommy Fox Road or near the Gulfstream residences at Southside, between 11:00pm on Tuesday 5th April 2022 and the early hours of Wednesday 6th April, 2022, to please get please get in contact with us.

“Yet another young man has been taken away from us and again by means of a senseless act of violence. I urge the public to come forward and tell us what they know, to not only help bring whomever is responsible to justice, but also to bring closure to the family of this young man, who are left to mourn his passing.”

The spokesperson said, “Again, anyone with information on the murders of Laje Franklin is urged to contact Detective Inspector Smith on 717-0864 or via e-mail at jsmith2@bps.bm.

Che Jennings:

“Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit are continuing their appeal for witnesses in relation to the murder of Che Jennings.

“Che Jennings, aged 24 years at the time of his death, was fatally shot in the parking lot of Warwick Workmen’s Club on Thursday April, 7th 2022 around 8:30pm. This was during a community Good Friday/Easter event.

“There are persons that witnessed the incident that can assist the Bermuda Police Service in bringing closure to Che’s family and friends and to hold those responsible to account.

“Detectives are appealing for anyone with information related to the murder of Che Jennings to come forward.

“Anyone with information who wishes to assist can contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 or Senior Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Anneka Donawa on 717-2250. Detective Sergeant Donawa may also be reached via e-mail at adonawa@bps.bm.

“If you would prefer not to speak with either Detective Inspector Smith, anonymous tips can be provided via the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline 800-8477 or their website.

“If you are more comfortable doing so, we urge you to please provide the information to a police officer you know.”

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