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Sep 9, 2015

Coast Guard Personnel Questioned in Fishermen Disappearance

Donovan Usher

The mysterious disappearance of three Belize City fishermen who set out on a fishing expedition three weeks ago has raised more questions than answers.  News Five can confirm tonight that five coastguard officers have been held in police custody pending an investigation into their alleged involvement in the matter.  An official search and rescue effort for the missing trio who failed to return home following a trip to Turneffe Island on August twenty-seventh has been called off.  It is unclear what transpired at sea during their daylong journey but the men, twenty-year-old Donovan Usher, his brother-in-law Giovanni Murrillo and family friend Jerome Bowen, have not been seen or heard from since.  To date their vessel, an eighteen-foot Mexican launch, has not been recovered.  In the wake of their disappearance, aspersions have been cast by the Usher family against members of the Belize National Coast Guard.  While those claims are unfounded, the fate of the missing fishermen remains a mystery.  Notwithstanding their detention, the officers’ attorney maintains that they are not suspects since no body has been located or retrieved from the area.  The members of that patrol had been assigned to the Turneffe Island on the day that the fishermen visited the area.  As recent as July third, both Murrillo and Bowen were committed to custody along with a group of four after being caught in possession of undersized lobsters.  Confiscated during the bust was a firearm, matching ammunition, as well as a stash of illegal drugs.  Murrillo, who has had a previous encounter with coastguard officers at sea, was freed of the charge of aggravated assault with a firearm after being accused of firing on them in 2014.

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1 Response for “Coast Guard Personnel Questioned in Fishermen Disappearance”

  1. Simon says:

    Get a grip of your men Borland – you are a good guy but if you don’t manage properly you will end up like the police gang- you now have suspicion of vigilante justice but good riddance to 3 pirates and now extortion- go discipline and demote all concerned to set an early example before it further gets out of your control

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