Residents in St Elizabeth are left shocked after two dead bodies were found in bushes in separate incidents.

According to reports, on Thursday the body of 40-year-old Omar Earle was found in Hodges district, Black River. Earle’s death comes after he was recently released from prison on a murder conviction.

The second murder recorded in St Elizabeth for the new year was on Friday when the body of another man was found in bushes.

The body of 31-year-old Leon Griffiths of Litiz was found near the New Building community. According to reports he was last scene on Tuesday at Gutters after he left home in the company of some men.  Griffiths’ family members filed a missing persons report after he failed to return.