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Jun 5, 2017

Couple Goes Missing in Corozal

Anxiety is building up in Corozal where a couple has not been heard from since Thursday night.  Search parties have been combing the area around the village of Patchakan in the Corozal District where the vehicle belonging to Zeidy Orozco was found torched after she and Balthazar Lopez went missing.  Just six weeks ago, another couple, disappeared under similar circumstances and was later found dead. The double murder of Francesca Matus and Drew Thomas DeVoursney remains unresolved. The Orozco and Lopez families are hopeful, but bracing for the worse while the community is on edge. The duo has been together for some eight months and reports are that Orozco had received threats. On Thursday they were seen by the sea and since then, there has been no word from them. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Day three of searches continued today throughout Corozal District for thirty-four-year-old Zeidy Orozco and forty-two-year-old Balthazar Lopez. The couple was reported missing on Friday afternoon, soon after which the vehicle they were last seen travelling in – and which belonged to Orozco – was discovered torched in a field off a dirt road in the outskirts of Patchakan Village; the keys were still in the ignition.  Days later and they still have not turned up.


Troy Ferguson

Troy Ferguson, Brother-in-law of Zeidy Orozco

“It’s my opinion that something went wrong. We don’t know what it is, who is responsible but it doesn’t seem to be something just on the fly. It was something plan or something deliberate; that is what I am interpreting.  I know the vehicle very good…one thing that gave it away was the sunroof. It has it so I said but a lot of vehicle had the same. Her vehicle had a problem with the ignition so they put on an adaption ignition on the other side. The painting, we could not go by that because it was totally destroyed. I told them about the ignition because the keys can’t be burnt and as such we found the ignition.”


As early as six a.m. today, various search parties began scouring neighbouring villages along the Phillip Goldson Highway and in proximity to the scene where the vehicle was discovered, for clues that may lead them to their loved ones. Up to news time, they’ve come up empty-handed. 


Martin Lopez

Martin Lopez, Brother of Balthazar Lopez

“We have run all the surrounding areas, Corozal town without stop. We have gotten assistance from the community from Consejo, the American people and the group is very big. Many people, many vehicles and nothing up to now.”


Troy Ferguson

“The effort itself started Friday roughly around seven p.m.  We did Friday till roughly eleven-thirty, twelve o’clock in the area where the car was found and every day since then, from six o’clock in the morning getting the guys together and going out to the area.”


Baltzar Lopez

Orozco and Lopez were last seen alive on Thursday night. Just after eight p.m., she left her house in San Andres Village en route to Machie’s Pool Spot on Second Street North in Corozal Town to pick up Balthazar.  She did and they were spotted by a police officer about an hour or so later, around 9:30 p.m., hanging out by the sea wall in the vicinity of Corozo Blues. But the families became wary of their whereabouts when neither returned home that night or to work the following day.


Martin Lopez

“He work front of fi we house and they come off ah job five o’clock and he left from there about six-thirty and that was the last time we see him on Thursday evening.”


Zeidy Orozco


“When was the last time you all got suspicious that something was wrong and the behaviour of them not checking in, not showing up is unusual?”


Troy Ferguson

“As for the female part, she is responsible for her daughter who you see in the picture and her father. So roughly around eight-thirty, nine o’clock on Friday we found out that she had not arrived at her house which was very unusual for her because she is very responsible when it comes to her daughter and her father.”


Martin Lopez

“He is in charge of a construction in front of his mother’s house. They had a casting which was to start five the morning on Friday. And it was unusual that he didn’t reach because he is a responsible person when it comes to work. Even that day dah mi pay day and the time started to run and we dial his number and it go direct to voice mail; no answer. We say maybe ih wah come late, but nothing, nothing, nothing.”


While the family has not given up hope, it has now been four days since Zeidy and Balthazar have not been seen or heard from. Reluctantly, they are coming to the realization that their loved ones may be dead.


Troy Ferguson

“Realistically, there is a little thing ina di back of your mind that is saying after three days well we’re not looking for them alive. But hope is still that yes they are somewhere tied up or something like that. We want to always keep hope that they are still alive, but the dark reality is slipping in now because of all the time that has passed already.”


Martin Lopez

“The last hope is finding them alive because for that reason we are searching daily without stop.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Couple Goes Missing in Corozal”

  1. Eye in the Sky says:

    There is a serial killer running loose in Corozal.

    Will never be caught by the incompetent police.

    Be careful, stay home, or you all might die.

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