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Jul 21, 2014

Massive Search Underway for Missing Hattieville Chairman

Kevin Carcamo

At this time a search party is combing the area of Freetown Sibun near Hattieville looking for Chairman Kevin Carcamo. Carcamo is employed as a linesman by an oil company doing geophysical work and on Sunday he set out to work but has been heard from since. The search party includes residents of the village, the K-9 Unit of the police as well as an arm of the B.D.F.  Carcamo’s family says he knows the area of Freetown Sibun very well and is hoping for his safe return. News Five’s Isani Cayeano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A detail of approximately seventy-five men, including employees of Discoverseis, as well as members of the Belize Special Assignments Group, BSAG, is presently conducting an intense search and rescue effort within the area of Freetown Sibun.  The objective of the operation is the safe return forty-three-year-old Kevin Carcamo, the chairperson of Hattieville.  Along with several other colleagues, Carcamo set out into the vast wilderness on the opposite bank of the Sibun River on Sunday and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.  His brother, Ian Arana, who hasn’t slept at all since joining the party, declined an on-camera appearance.

 

Voice of: Ian Arana, Brother of Missing Man

“We went and visited the landing area where he should have been picked up and he wasn’t there so I told them, “Well, I’m not going anywhere without going in the woods and search for my brother.  So about ten minutes later we went back into the village where we got some of his co-workers and some of the other guys from the rescue team they came back out and we went over the river and went into the bushes.  We did a search from the point of the center, through the bushes, all the way to Northern Lagoon and we didn’t find him, sorry.”

 

Despite all efforts to locate the missing leader, the search for Kevin Carcamo has been unsuccessful.

 

Christopher Noble

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer

“Several things have been done to attempt to locate him.  We are hoping that the gentleman is located alive and in good health.  He works with a company in that area that requires going into the bush.  We believe that there may not be cell service in that area so we have sent personnel into the area that are working with the B.D.F., the K-9 [Unit] and ourselves, along with villagers and the company he works with.”

 

Discoverseis, known for its ubiquitous light blue and grey jumpsuits, has been doing geophysical work running lines in that part of Belize District for several weeks.  Carcamo had joined the team only a month or so ago.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Is there a possibility that he may have lost his way, in terms of the direction [coming] back out of that area?”

 

Voice of: Ian Arana

“Well, it’s a little bit, the area is very clear so for you to say that he lost his way is a little bit, I’ll say ticklish because he is someone who is familiar with going into the bushes, right.  He’s from Hattieville and the Sibun is nowhere off from Hattieville and he normally goes hunting with friends so he should be used to the bush.”

 

Carcamo, a father of four, was elected to the Hattieville Village Council about a year and a half ago and has since been an active figure in the community.

 

Voice of: Ian Arana

“My belief is that ih still deh out deh and ih di move and I believe that been that he di move mek it lee bit more difficult fi di search team because right now we have at least seventy-five plus, I woulda seh seventy-five man or men deh out di search right now.”

 

At the time of our interview with ASP Chris Noble, the information coming out of the police department was very preliminary, including a response to a query on whether or not Carcamo had a cell phone on his person.

 

ASP Christopher Noble

“Our information is relatively new.  We did get some information from some persons that are in the area and from the company.  So, to say that would be premature to say if he had something or he did not have anything.”

 

Reporter

“So the last indication was that he went to work basically.”

 

ASP Christopher Noble

“He went to work.”

 

Kevin Carcamo stands at six feet one inch, dreadlocked and is of clear complexion.  He was last seen wearing his work uniform. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

 

As we reported at the top of our newscast, forty-three-year-old Kevin Carcamo, an employee of Discoverseis and chairman of Hattieville, remains missing tonight, despite a massive search and rescue operation in Freetown Sibun.  Carcamo reported to work on Sunday and accompanied a team of linesmen into the heavily forested area.  When he did not return later that evening, Carcamo’s family became concerned and launched an extensive effort which saw them combing the woodlands throughout the night.  Up until news time, Carcamo had not been found.  A news team has just returned from Hattieville where an overnight search will continue.

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1 Response for “Massive Search Underway for Missing Hattieville Chairman”

  1. Lydell says:

    As usual somebody is either murdered or going missing in Belize every dam week. What the hell is happening in this country? I just hope for the best out of this situation,he has a wife and four children. It would be an understatement to say that his family and friends are very worried. I hope he is located asap.Believers out there please pray for this gentleman’s safe return home.

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