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Oct 6, 2017

Search continues for Erwin Rodriguez

Erwin Rodriguez

For weeks we have been reporting on missing teen Erwin Rodriguez. The last time his mother saw him was six weeks ago and she fear that he is dead. No one has seen or heard from the minor since he last stopped at his mother’s work back in August and it has been widely speculated that the young boy was killed. The teenager’s mother has been searching far and wide and today they continued that effort. They say they have found overwhelming pieces of evidence that point to something bad having happened to Rodriguez. The search team went back out today and they came across Rodriguez’s bike – the one that he was riding when he was last seen. Andrea Polanco has more.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The search for missing teen Erwin Rodriguez continued today. The seventeen-year-old boy went missing on August twenty-fourth and he hasn’t been seen since. A single slippers was found a few weeks back – and ever since then the family has feared the worst. Today, a team of law officers, friends and family went back to the southside in the area called “dike” off Faber’s Road. It is a vast expanse of grassy land with sewage ponds – and a place where residents say nothing good takes place. And since the family has received word that the teenager’s body was dumped there – that is where they have been focusing their search – and today they found his bicycle.

 

Sylvia Rodriguez, Mother of Erwin Rodriguez

Sylvia Rodriguez

“It was hard.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You found his bike today – what does that tell you as a mother?”

 

Sylvia Rodriguez

“That show me that my son is dead and I know that. All we want is to find his body.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You are convinced your son’s body is to the back there?”

 

Sylvia Rodriguez

“Yes, ma’m. Yes. “

 

Andrea Polanco

“Today they found blood as well as another piece of clothing; do you think that blood is from your son?”

Sylvia Rodriguez

“Well, I am not so sure but I know that the clothes is not for him, but it could be his blood. It could be that people who damage him used it as well.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you think that today provided pieces of evidence – that something bad has happened – confirmation?”

Sylvia Rodriguez

“Yes, ma’m. Something bad happened back there. “

Andrea Polanco

“You haven’t heard from any of his friends or close associates. Does he have friends to the back there; is this an area he would normally go to?”

Sylvia Rodriguez

“Yes. He used to go back deh and he called them friends but I used to tell them there are not friends. But nobody di call us or try help us with information at least.”

 

And while the search party was a small today, Rodriguez has been getting some assistance from residents and friends. One of the persons helping to lead the search efforts is Jose Espat. He says that they have been getting tips that Rodriguez may have been killed and dumped in that exact area.

 

Dr Jose Espat

Dr Jose Espat, Search Team Leader

“To find the evidence that shows or puts Erwin on the said scene – I have gotten information and based on the reliable information I have made decisions and we have found a lot of overwhelming evidence. Some of the evidence are being processed as we speak by the Forensic Lab. There was blood found and the responsibility lies on the lab to say whether it is human blood or animal blood. If it is human blood then they will call Erwin’s mom to get a sample to do a comparative DNA testing to see if the DNA matches and if the DNA matches that will tell us that Erwin was there and he was bleeding. In my opinion he was lured to the area. The area is known for that. He was taken back there on the assumption with someone he knows – friends probably, or someone close in his circle. He was taken to the back there to do some business or get something and I think the possible crime scene we found there is where he lost his life; that is where they took his life. Reliable information we have been getting is that the body is in the second pond; which is the pond we have been searching for days – there we found a jacket, a shirt and his slippers and today we found his bike. They said that he was chopped up and put in a bag with cement blocks and sank to the bottom in the crocus bag.”

 

 

Rodriguez is now asking the public for help to find her son’s body.

 

Sylvia Rodriguez

“We the plan another search. I don’t know when but if anybody want to join the team; they are welcome as well.”

Andrea Polanco

“What kind of other assistance do you need; like divers and other people to assist?”

 

Sylvia Rodriguez

“Yes. Like divers; canoes or kayaks because a lot of water is back there so we need people to dive. I ask somebody – if anybody know something just tell us what happen. We nuh believe in revenge and all that we want is to find his body. That is all.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And you can’t imagine why someone would want to kill Erwin?”

Sylvia Rodriguez

“No. I can’t.”

Andrea Polanco

“He wasn’t involved in any gangs or so?”

Sylvia Rodriguez

“Not that I know of.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you think that maybe he associated with the wrong people?”

Sylvia Rodriguez

“Well, that yes; yes, ma’m.”

 

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

 

There is also a search going on for the caretaker at Tobacco Caye who reportedly went diving for conch and has not been seen since then. He goes by the name of “George” and is from Dangriga.

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