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Nov 8, 2018

Remains of Oswald Arnold Found; Family Receives Closure

Oswald Arnold

The remains of twenty-two year old Roaring Creek resident Oswald Arnold were found on Wednesday morning. Arnold, who had been missing for six months, was feared dead.  His family had been searching for his body and wanted closure, which tonight they finally have because Arnold’s remains were found along the Belize River in Teakettle. The cause for his death, however, is not known.  News Five Hipolito Novelo has the story.

 

Rosita Orellana, Mother of Deceased

“Your days will never be the same. Every time your mind flashes back to everything. I sit down and cry for days. I sit down and pray for days and I ask God to at least make I reach the day that I will find he and he showed me that yes I would have found him. I found him and I thank him for that.”

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

For the past six months, Rosita Orellana and her family have been searching for the body of her son, twenty-two-year-old Oswald Arnold. They have been searching for closure and on Wednesday, Orellana found it. At around ten o’clock on Wednesday morning, skeletal remains believed to be that of Arnold were found quarter mile northwest of Teakettle Village, across the Belize River.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Upon the police’s arrival the scene was inspected where almost a complete human skeleton was found with the exception of the head. Several pieces of clothing were found as well on the scene as well as an expended cartridge. As a result, the scene was processed where the remains were removed pending examination today.”

 

Despite the fact that a skull was not found, the pieces of clothing found at the scene are enough for Orellana to believe that the remains are that of her son.

 

Rosita Orellana

Rosita Orellana

“We know that it is him because the clothing that I identified yesterday was the clothing that he had on. It is a big relief. That is the only thing that was bothering me a lot so my mind is at ease now.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“What sort of clothing he had on?”

 

Rosita Orellana

“He had on a blue shirt with a short Dickies pants. We identified his boxers and everything because I know everything that he wears but we did not find any tennis. He had another bag with him but we did not find the other thinks.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“When you first was informed, what was the first though in your mind?”

 

Rosita Orellana

“Well, I said that I hoped it was he. I know that it hurts but I am glad.”

 

Arnold went missing on May seventeen. He was last seen at the Iguana Creek Bridge as he set off for an overnight fishing trip with some friends. Those friends returned but Arnold did not. Since then, his family believed that he was murdered and embarked on a relentless quest, in search for his body. That quest ended On Wednesday and now Orellana says she was to put her son to rest.

 

Rosita Orellana

“I just glad I know that it is his remains. I just want to give him a proper burial. Anything else, I do not worry about it. I do not worry about anything else. As long that I have him, that is the only thing that was bothering me for so long. The things that come behind it, it does not matter me anymore.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

 

“How would you remember your son?”

 

Rosita Orellana

“Well as somebody who was happy, always clowning his brothers and sisters, playful. It does not matter what you tell him, he is always there with a happy face.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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