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Oct 13, 2017

Hope Fading in Search for Erwin Rodriguez

Erwin Rodriguez

They had expected many more, but only fifteen family members and friends and a handful of concerned citizens joined the search for seventeen-year-old Erwin Rodriguez. Although all signs point to foul play, the family of the teenager is focused on finding his body and knowing definitively what happened to him. The inhospitable terrain of the “Dike” area behind Fabers’ Road and Jane Usher Boulevard tells its own story as a reported killing ground for many. Today Aaron Humes went inside to see if it would yield its latest victim.

 

Jose Espat, Search Team Lead

“I can’t tell you how sad this makes me to see that Belizeans don’t care; we don’t care until it knocks on our doors. We are here; fifteen persons – you are witness to this. How can we trace a two-mile area, probably more than two miles, with only fifteen persons? But one day it will knock at your door – it will be you, me, your mom, your aunt, your uncle, and then you will need help as well.”

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

There was none of the flash and substance that surrounded the four-day saga of Kelvin Usher or similar searches for missing persons. But the search for seventeen-year-old Erwin Paulino Rodriguez of Ground Dove Street in Belize City is no less personal for those friends and family who attended the wild, overgrown wasteland sitting behind Jane Usher Boulevard, where the teenager and those who killed him left clues to his disappearance.

 

Jose Espat

Jose Espat

“We already have a lot of overwhelming evidence found along this same stream, and the trail that leads all the way to the back, to the three ponds that are the filter for the city sewer. What I am focusing on right now is trying to find remains – some sort of bones or material that I could use as a comparative DNA test with the mother’s DNA. At this moment we have searched the last portion of pond two, we will be moving on to the other pond that we haven’t searched as yet. We also have another street that leads from this dike area on to the basketball court on Jane Usher Boulevard which we received information that there is a camera – one of the cameras that the government set along that path; we would like to ask the police or whoever is in charge of that to get some footage along the same timeline where Erwin had disappeared and his mother made the report, and that will certainly help to see whether any traffic from persons was taking place in that area at that time. We will do one more search where that bicycle was found; I do believe, from messages and persons that I have spoken to personally – not on Facebook but in person – they have told me that he was actually cut up and put in a crocus bag and there were two cement blocks put in the bag and it was sunk along pond two.”

 

Searchers dug grimly, with occasional dark humor, dragging rakes and shovels along the waterway. A particularly stubborn obstruction less than a hundred feet from the open mouth of the canal raised hope of a potential burying ground but it was abandoned after failing to be dislodged. No one participating today is under any illusions that Erwin is safe somewhere, and for his mother Silvia, this is all about closure.

 

Silvia Rodriguez, Mother of Erwin Rodriguez

“At this moment I could say only that the only thing I want is to find my son. The time gone so far – over a month and a half already – so all we want [is] to find his body.”

 

Aaron Humes

“So you are convinced that he’s left; he’s gone?”

 

Silvia Rodriguez

“Yes. Everything points [to] that – he’s gone.”

 

Aaron Humes

“Obviously we don’t know for sure, but what do you think happened that would lead him to this?”

 

Silvia Rodriguez

“I don’t know. I don’t know.”

 

Aaron Humes

“No idea? Because you don’t know who he associated with or anything like that?”

 

Silvia Rodriguez

Silvia Rodriguez

“No. he had friends, people he called friends, but I can’t say such a person do it because I don’t know; the only one who knows everything is God. But all I want is to find his body to feel – I wouldn’t say good, but much better.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

Rodriguez is of Hispanic descent, stands five feet seven inches in height and has brown hair and grey eyes. He was last seen riding a bike, wearing a three quarter pants, grey t-shirt and blue slippers. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Erwin Rodriguez, you are asked to call the nearest police station or contact his mother at 620-4502.

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1 Response for “Hope Fading in Search for Erwin Rodriguez”

  1. Annie says:

    A life in Belize is now as valuable as a cockroach. Don’t hold your breath on this getting solved by the police.

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