Jamaican police investigating slaying of former teacher from Santa Ana


Jamaican authorities are investigating the slaying of a 68-year-old former teacher from Santa Ana found stabbed to death Sunday, Sept. 10, in an upscale Montego Bay neighborhood.

About 10:20 a.m., residents stumbled upon the body of Heidi Ann Muth who was found lying on a dirt path in a pool of blood, the Coral Garden Police Department said in a statement. Muth had been stabbed in the head and upper body and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

As of Saturday, no arrests had been made and a motive for the homicide had not been determined, police officials said. Information was not available regarding why Muth was in Jamaica.

However, Sarah Schiermeyer of Shrewsbury, Vt., who is a close friend of Muth, said Muth told her she was owed money by someone in Jamaica.

“That would be enough for her to do down there,”  Schiermeyer said in a phone interview Saturday. “Everyone said she was throwing good money after bad money. But Heidi would get a bee in her bonnet and was very stubborn about stuff. It’s absolutely horrid what happened to her.”

A widow with two sons and a daughter, Muth was retired and had taught history in Orange County schools for 37 years, Schiermeyer said.

She also served on the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, according to her bio on the hospital’s website.

In addition to her work at St. Joseph, Muth also taught  confirmation classes at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Tustin and volunteered as a basketball coach at local Catholic schools. She also served as a board member and president for Pilgrimage Family Therapy and Opera Pacific.

Muth also had a soft spot for those down on their luck and would often help the homeless find work and living accommodations, Schiermeyer, 68 said.

“She was a very generous person,” Schiermeyer said. “She went out of her way to help people.”



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