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Apr 3, 2018

4 Murders Mar Easter; Quiet of Rural Corozal Shattered with Gruesome Discovery

Eleazar Chan

Over the Easter weekend, there were four murders: one in the north, two in the west and one in the city. We begin today’s newscast with the gruesome discovery of the body of a man in the San Pedro Village of Corozal District. The decomposing body of Louisville villager Eleazar Chan was found properly wrapped in a hammock and garbage bags.  It was encased within a sofa and discarded in a cane field that was about to be burnt for harvesting. But even though the forty-two-year-old broker was last seen alive on Wednesday afternoon, he wasn’t reported missing by his wife, Ana Chan, until Saturday. Three persons are in police custody including two youths from the neighboring village of San Narciso. News Five’s Duane Moody headed north today to find that there are many more questions surrounding the murder of this well-known villager.


Eliodoro Ya, Nephew of Murder Victim

“The sofa was like around about six feet. The body was inside the sofa wrap up in a plastic bag with his hammock and they had some lumbers nailed to it so that the body don’t drop. And the bottom part was refurbished again so like nothing happened like they didn’t tear anything.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

The way in which the body of Eleazar Chan was discovered looks as if it was copied from a script of a horror movie and filmed in the quiet village of Louisville, up north in the Corozal District. A postmortem conducted on site on Sunday revealed that the forty-two-year-old man was bashed in the head before he was wrapped in his favorite hammock and then in plastic bags. His body would later be concealed inside his sofa and driven over a mile away and dumped in a cane field.


Joseph Myvett

Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Sometime around one p.m. where somewhere about half a mile west of San Pedro village, a red in color sofa chair was found between two cane fields. Upon inspection of the sofa, police discovered a human corpse encased within the sofa. Upon opening the sofa, the body of Eleazar Chan a forty-two-year-old broker of Louisville Village was found wrapped in a hammock, thereafter in black plastic garbage bags. It was found in an advanced state of decomposition. An on scene postmortem was conducted where the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the face and also asphyxia due to blood content.”


Eliodoro Ya

“When the owner from a cane field that’s between Louisville and San Pedro, they were going to go and open so that they can light up the cane field, the guardaraya. And when they noticed that on the guardaraya there was a red sofa. And well, he approached the red sofa, thought that somebody had just throw it away, but then he saw some koncas on top of the thing and he called a relative and told him, you know what there is this thing that has koncas. They call the police and the police reach there and it was found that the body was inside there, inside the sofa.”


But there are more questions than answers for Chan’s family. On Saturday, a report would be made by his wife, Ana Chan that he was missing. He was last seen alive on Wednesday afternoon, but it became glaringly suspicious on Thursday when villagers spotted two persons driving Chan’s tinted SUV carrying his sofa on top.


Eliodoro Ya

“We got to know that he was missing on Saturday because one of our relatives called us and said that he gone missing from like Wednesday or Thursday, something like that. To us, it was news because we didn’t really thought that he disappeared or was killed. We thought it was Easter; he gone put with some friends or something like that so we didn’t put much attention to it until some rumors came out and people said that there is a high possibility that maybe my uncle was killed. So we decided on Sunday morning, my parents decided to go give a hand to my aunt. Well when they went to the house, they noticed the sofa was missing from the house. When they asked my relatives in there, they contracted themselves. My mother told her, well don’t worry; police knows about this and the investigation will start. If he is killed or gone somewhere, well they will find him.”


The family is convinced that the murder took place inside this wooden house in the village where Chan lived with his wife and their two children.


Eliodoro Ya

“Logically, if you set up all the scenes, there is no way that he could have been killed anywhere else than his own house, maybe sleeping; we don’t know. But for a fact is that the sofa is from his house, his hammock is his hammock.”


Duane Moody

“What is the wife saying?”


Eliodoro Ya

Eliodoro Ya

“Well I haven’t really spoken to her after what happened. I haven’t spoken to her or my nephew, nobody because we were shock about it and assumption…we are assuming that they might know something.”


The Louisville broker is known to be a heavy drinker, but the family says they are still at a loss as to why his life was so callously taken. Due to the proximity of the area to recent drug plane landings in Corozal, police say they are following all possible angles to determine a motive.


Eliodoro Ya

“He was a sociable person; he used to drink a lot, sometimes to get offensive, but for someone to threaten his life, no. all the people, all his friends knew him. And you know when somebody is a drunk and when he start to curse, you know him. Well he didn’t have any problems with nobody that we know so it was a big surprise for us that he was killed in that way, stashed up like you throw away an animal or a dog or something like that.”



“Police suspect a possible drug connection to this gentleman’s murder?”


Joseph Myvett

“So far, there is no indication of that. But as I mentioned the investigation is in its early stages and all angles will be looked into.”


Three persons are in detention pending further investigation into this homicide. Duane Moody for News Five.

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