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British diplomat found dead in Jamaica

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  • Police in Jamaica investigating death of British honorary consul
  • John Terry worked in Montego Bay on north side of island
  • Terry one of 100 British High Commission employees in Jamaica
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(CNN) -- A British diplomat was found slain at his home in Jamaica, authorities said.

John Terry was the honorary British consul in Montego Bay, Jamaica, said the British Foreign Office in London, England.

Terry, 64, was "killed by unknown assailants at his home in Mount Carey, St. James" on Wednesday, Jamaica's Constabulary Communications Network said in a statement.

"Mr. Terry's body was discovered in his room with a wound to the head and the police were sought." Authorities received the report about 1:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) Wednesday, the statement said.

Montego Bay's criminal investigative bureau is investigating, the constabulary network said.

"Our sympathy is with the family at this distressing time," the British Foreign Office said in a written statement.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband issued a statement saying Terry had been an honorary consul for 13 years after "many years of other service to the British community in Jamaica."

"Honorary consuls like John play a valuable role in our work overseas and this was especially true of John, who helped many, many British visitors to Jamaica over the years," Miliband said. "My thoughts are with his wife and children."

Montego Bay is on the northwestern side of the island, roughly 80 miles from the main office of the British High Commission in Kingston. The commission employs about 100 people who focus on promoting trade, issuing visas and topics such as politics, defense and management, the commission says on its Web site.

Mount Carey is just southwest of the Montego Bay area.

CNN's Katy Byron contributed to this report.

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