Jamaican papers say Woolmer may have been strangled

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 22, 2007 (AFP) – Pakistan’s World Cup coach Bob Woolmer may have been strangled to death, two Jamaican newspapers reported on Thursday quoting unnamed police sources.

The Jamaica Gleaner said a “high-ranking police officer” had confirmed that fresh evidence has surfaced which suggested that Woolmer was strangled in his room at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

According to the police officer, the 58-year-old Woolmer was found half naked in his room, partially wrapped in a towel, the newspaper said.

“A bone in the neck, near the glands, was broken, and this suggests that somebody might have put some pressure on it,” the officer told the newspaper.

“We are now treating this as a homicide.”

The Jamaica Observer also quoted unnamed sources close to the investigation as saying that bones in the lower part of Woolmer’s face were broken, suggesting he had been strangled.

Woolmer died in hospital on Sunday after being found unconscious in his hotel room a day after Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup following a shock defeat by minnows Ireland.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington, head o