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Jul 11, 2017

Search intensifies for Mark Pollard, 49

A search for a Belize City man continues along the highway as well as on the waters. Mark Pollard was last alive on Monday, July third, when he set out to exercise on the Philip Goldson Highway. His mysterious disappearance is baffling his family as well as friends who are hoping for the best, but fearing the worst. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

It’s been eight days and still, there are no signs or even a call from forty-nine-year-old Mark Pollard. His family and friends are hoping for the best even as every passing day the likelihood that he is alive dims. The Peter Seco Street resident left his house to jog along his usual route to the Haulover Bridge on the morning of July third. That was the last he was seen or heard from. Today, family and friends were joined by members of the GSU as well as the coastguard to comb the highways and nearby waters for Pollard.


Joseph Nunez, Friend of Missing Man

Joseph Nunez

“Today we teamed up with the police department and the coastguard to do an intensive search of the areas. First we were on the western highway from eight to fourteen miles and now we are on the northern highway combing from BelCan all the way up to Haulover Bridge.”


Duane Moody

“What’s the hope? Do you think that you are going to find Mark?”


Joseph Nunez

“By the grace of God, everything possible mi family. But like I said, the family and the friends are optimistic. We are still hoping and mindful that probably if we can’t find him alive, at least make we find him dead because the family needs closure. At the end of the day, it is all about closure now because Pollard is not one who would go so long without contacting anybody; it is not him.”


Duane Moody

“Do you think someone did him something?”


Joseph Nunez

“To be honest bredda, I feel so; it is a case of foul play. But until then or until the contrary is proven, we just wah have to hold the fate.”


The search party was also joined by representatives from the Belize Carnival Association. President Sandra Mahler says that Pollard has been a support officer of the association for over a decade.


Sandra Mahler

Sandra Mahler, President, Belize Carnival Association

“He is with the association over ten years and we don’t believe he’s left us. We just believe that he took a break and he’s stressed out and he will come back to us. But until then, we still have to look for him to bring him back to his family and friends.”


Duane Moody

“I know you know him so well…but is it routine for him to go running along with route?”


Sandra Mahler

“Well mark usually goes running. He has several routes that he would go running so this is not unusual for him. What is unusual for him is not to return; that is what is unusual because Mark is a person who every morning he would text you good morning and hope you have a nice day and stuff like that. So for him to go running and not come back is not normal.”


Duane Moody

“And he hasn’t contacted you or anybody?”

Sandra Mahler

“He has not contacted anybody from the association. We have not gotten any sign or anything as to where Mark is.”


A tip later on led the team to the Gungulung area of Saint Martin De Porres, but to no avail. Duane Moody for News Five.


Anyone with information of Pollard’s whereabouts is asked to contact the nearest police station. 

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