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Jan 15, 2016

American Producer from ABC Murdered Near Resort in Cayo

Anne Elizabeth McComb Swaney

Two weeks ago a Canadian filmmaker, Matthiew Klinck was murdered at his house in Selena in the Cayo District. Tonight, there is another murder to report which gives Belize a black eye and is likely to have an adverse impact on the tourism industry. This morning, the body of a vacationing American television producer with ABC network in Chicago was found floating on the Mopan River. Around eight a.m., Cayo Police discovered the body of thirty-nine year old Anne Elizabeth McComb Swaney who has been in Belize for a few days. Swaney was staying at the Nabitunich Farm Resort; its owner, forty-year old Santiago Juan reported she was missing on Thursday evening. Swaney had initially set out to go horse riding, but her decision to instead stay behind and perform yoga exercises cost her, her life.  A search party went to work Thursday night, but was called off and around eight this morning police returned to the farm located between miles seventy-one and seventy-two on the George Price Highway. They made the shocking discovery of her partially nude body floating in the river. Swaney’s belongings were also recovered from a nearby deck along the banks of the river. The police say the body had visible injuries to the head and bruises around the neck. 


Andrew Ramirez

Supt. Andrew Ramirez, O.C., San Ignacio Police

“About yesterday morning, January fourteenth 2016 about eight a.m., a group of tourists who were staying at a place known as Nabitunich; that would be at the outskirts of Succotz village, Cayo District, when one of them decided to stay back to do some sort of exercise. Her name was Anne Elizabeth McComb Swaney, she is a U.S. national, thirty-nine years old of Chicago, U.S.A.  Extensive searches were conducted yesterday evening by K-nine and Benque Viejo police.  Sometime this morning, the body was found floating in the Mopan River and almost nude with the exception of a bra that was on her and signs of injuries on her head. So we believe that it was a murder.”


While Police say a post mortem examination will be conducted early next week on the body, one suspect has already been detained pending investigation. 

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7 Responses for “American Producer from ABC Murdered Near Resort in Cayo”

  1. rudy says:

    what is Belize coming to ,these low life with nothing to do but preying on innocent belizeans and tourist,when are these leaders going to get the message ,oh wait they will never get the message until it starts to hit close to home, is that what it will take for these clown politician get their act together ,and start thinking that every belizean lives matters. i quest these politician won’t wake up until it really hits home, it’s sad to say that but that’s the reality.RIP ANN ELIZABETH MCCOMB SWANEY..POWER TO THE PEOPLE…STAY STRONG BELIZE

  2. Joe says:

    This is very bad, it’s all over the news in the US Midwest, what a black eye to the resort and Belize. The resort needs to be held accountable for the murder and the high level of Rape, murders, sexual assault is out of control in Belize, etc,, just to mention a few, the news house said.

  3. Sniper says:

    Some of those jungle resorts are overrated and practically bordering Guatemala. As a Belizean, I have never and will never stay at one of those that are walking distance from the Guatemalan border. Stay at a resort in a more public place and you’re fine.

  4. gary says:

    Incident happened near Callee Creek a known crossing point of Contraband. At Nubantunich an isolated farm near there.

    Very sad and unfortunate incident

  5. Marie says:

    So sad, makes Belize look bad. Barrow giving citizenship to everyone for votes, and has forgotten the SECURITY of visitors and its citizens. How comes I don’t see him preaching about security of all. Now that he has go5your votes its like “Forget You”.

  6. Spike says:

    Come vacation in Belize. It will take your breath away!

  7. dean dog barrow says:

    Belizean must stand up and organise all country demonstration against dog dean barrow, he is solely to blame for bringing down belize.

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