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Jul 10, 2014

Orange Walk Murders Revisited

The foundations of the Orange Walk community have been shaken by the recent violence and malicious conspiracy. Even as Police have been able to recover two bodies of persons abducted and cruelly beaten to death, they concede that it is a tangled web and there is much information they are still trying to unravel. We have been able to confirm that at least twelve persons were detained and questioned. Some were released, and at news time three men have been charged for multiple offences including kidnapping and murder. Tonight we take a look back at what has been a harrowing week in the lives of Orange Walk residents, a terrible time of tragedy, loss and grief. Mike Rudon has been on the story since Ramon Cervantes Sr. was reported missing last Tuesday, and has tried to put the pieces of this disturbing puzzle together.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

The Police have been careful about information released since Ramon Cervantes Sr. was officially reported missing last Tuesday evening. But we start with what we do know about the Ramon Cervantes Senior and Sonia  Abac cases. This is the man Police believe is responsible for both – 37 year old Manuel ‘El Pelon’ Castillo, a resident of Orange Walk who migrated to the US and was then deported. He is currently Belize’s most wanted man. His common-law wife, twenty-five year old Avicela ‘Cheli’ Duran, is also being sought by Police at this time.

 

Russell Blackett, Head, National Crime Investigations Branch

Russell Blackett

“He is definitely wanted. He is our primary suspect and we are doing our best to locate him.”

 

Reporter

“As the mastermind…?”

 

Russell Blackett

“Definitely!”

 

Reporter

“Sir can you tell us where you suspect he is located at this point?”

 

Russell Blackett

“Again I refuse to disclose that. But he could be anywhere, across Mexico, Guatemala. We are not sure at this time.”

 

Reporter

“Is he believed to be in the company of Avicela Duran?”

 

Russell Blackett

“We believe that.”

 

Reporter

“And her relation to the case?”

 

Russell Blackett

“Well of course being so close to the primary suspect definitely she has some questions to answer also.”

 

From what we have been able to piece together, though none of it has been officially confirmed, it is believed that Ramon Cervantes Sr. was snatched from his farm as early as Tuesday morning. He was then reportedly taken to the farm off the Honey Camp road, in an area known as Indian Hill. Sources tell us that it is likely he spent Tuesday here, in this farmhouse. The front door was padlocked, but the back door, hidden from the road, was forced open. Inside was a cot, with an old pillow. It is likely that during this time Ramon Cervantes Sr. was guarded by these three men – Noe Gonzales, Mateo Pott and Angel Antonio Cardenas. How this scenario plays out is that on Wednesday morning, the three men allegedly received orders to kill their captive. They beat him to the body, and then hit him in the head with a stick, crushing his skull. He was then carried from the house to this spot, and buried on a shallow grave. We repeat that there is no official Police confirmation of this scenario.

 

And that brings us to the second body, that of Sonia Maribel Abac, found on a farm within sight of the shallow grave of Cervantes. Her disappearance on April 23rd made no headlines. On Wednesday, there was only this small flyer stuck on a building in Orange Walk Town, as family members searched vainly for their loved one. She was a small woman, about four feet five inches tall, and her death was a cruel one.

 

Russell Blackett

“The same suspects that took us to Mr. Cervantes’ body were the same ones who took us to this farm where Ms. Abac was thrown in a well about sixteen feet deep and buried.”

 

FILE – 9/7/14

Voice of: Sister-in-law of Murder Victim

“Well they only find from shoulder to knee with a bit of meat. Her feet, her hands, her head were separate. They found everything first, but then the head was missing so they had to dig. They found her in a well so they had to dig the sand with water and until they found it, they took it out and put it on top of a zinc. And they put the hair too because the hair was separate—the hair was long and everything. I saw the body and it was very sad to see something like that. They identified her because her left hand was broken. The doctor said that her skull was broken; her mandible was broken too and they found a purse. They found her digicell phone—the SMART phone they didn’t find it—her shoes, her clothes. The same clothes she had on when she disappeared; it was there too. I saw everything. And that’s all I can say.”

 

Reporter

“Is it true they found her head somewhere else?”

 

Voice of: Sister of Murder Victim

“Yes the head was by another…they had to dig more in to find the head because that was the last thing they were looking for. On the same well, there were animal bones so the doctor had to separate the human bones from the animal bones.”

 

Sources tell us that the men claim that Abac was practice for the kidnapping of Ramon Cervantes Sr. Those sources also tell us that they found a list with the names of prominent Orange Walk residents who were targeted for kidnapping. While Police have these men in custody, they really want to get their hands on Manuel ‘El Pelon’ Castillo, fingered as the man who planned the kidnappings and ordered the murders. Mike Rudon reporting for News Five.

While there are reports of two police officers in custody, Police have stopped just short of confirming it, and the only men charged so far are Noe Gonzalez, Mateo Pott and Angel Antonio Cardenas.

 

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