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Apr 27, 2011

American tried to kill himself in U.S.A., but passes away in Belize

Michael Virgin

On Monday, US national Michael Virgin, checked in at a local hotel in La Isla Bonita. It seemed as if he had come to vacation in San Pedro, but before midday today Virgin was found dead in his hotel room. The forty-one year old US National left notes behind indicating that he was having problems in his love life. It is known that earlier this month, he sent an email to his wife with suicidal comments and that he was wanted for previous suicidal attempts. When News Five’s Jose Sanchez got to the scene, he found the police looking for clues.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Forty one year old Michael Donald Virgin travelled from Sturgen Bay, Wisconsin to beautiful San Pedro to die.  This morning police removed Virgin’s body from his room at Pedro’s Inn. Pablo Ariola, an employee at Pedro’s Inn, found the body.

Pablo Ariola, Found Body of Michael Virgin

“Michael Virgin checked in on Monday. Then I came to work and today we found the body. When I come this morning, I do my usual routine—clean all the rooms. Then I check the rooms weh got in the people deh. When I get to room three, I opened the room and I actually see a person with a rope hanged. The neck sideway with a rope tied way to the beam of the roof top of the building hanging himself with a book and a passport to the side.”

Jose Sanchez

“And the bed, did it look like he slept that night?”

Pablo Ariola

Pablo Ariola

“He didn’t sleep on the bed. It didn’t look like he had any rest on the bed because the bed was still spread and he didn’t have on any shirt.”

Jose Sanchez

“Do you know if he ever left the room from the time he checked in?”

Pablo Ariola

“Yes I heard the man left the room. I heard he bought some pizza on Monday and a beer.  That’s all I heard.  So I don’t know what took him to hang himself.”

According to the investigating officer, Corporal Pitts of the San Pedro Police Formation, Virgin wrote on the insides of book regarding relationship problems he was facing. He left it open along with his passport near his body.

Jose Sanchez

“The police are saying that he wrote something in a note about relationship problems as the reason why he took his life. Did he socialize with anyone while here? Did he ask for help? Did he try to speak to anyone?”

Pablo Ariola

“From I know, the man noh speak to no one, the man noh talk to no one. I don’t know weh dah di the problem fi hang himself maybe the relationship deh make ih hang ihself cause ih really come from a far place to come hang himself way here. In paradise. This is vacation. Why will you come and hang yourself here for? Da time to enjoy yourself, noh fi come hang yourself. But I don’t know maybe dah stress problem weh only he and god know fi make ih hang ihself. I hope god bless his soul.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Virgin’s body was transported to the K.H.M.H. and the US Embassy has been notified of his death.

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22 Responses for “American tried to kill himself in U.S.A., but passes away in Belize”

  1. Gustav says:

    A grim but important lesson: if you have a friend or relative who is depressed, GET HIM TO A DOCTOR FOR HELP!

    Depression may be hard to handle alone, but it doesn’t need to be permanent.

    R.I.P.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    Ariola dah why you neva ker di man dah Rose Garden?

  3. belizeanpride says:

    a sad situation that can happen to any of our love ones, hope his family in the u.s can recover from this situation, they might know the reasons, all we can do is speculate but God knows best.

  4. Candicey says:

    Michael was in caye caulker for about 2 weeks and kept mostly to himself but was very nice and was saying he wanted to stay in Belize forever caz he loves it here!! i didnt see him as someone suicidal.. but i guess some ppl hide thier feelings very well. i am very sorry to hear this. he left here on Monday morn. it brings me chillls!

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    They knew this man had made attempts to take his life and yet allowed him to travel out of the US.Don’t make sense to me.Maybe they should have had him on suicide watch in the US.Let’s be grateful that no one else didn’t became a victim of this man’s love affairs.He was wanted for suicidal attempts and still manage to take a plane from the US and book into a hotel at La Isla Bonita.What a shame.Any and everyone can enter Belize without been checked.This guy could have being a terrorist on the run.

  6. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    POOR MAN HE WAS REALLY MESSED UP, IT JUST A PITY HE DIDN’T SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP.

    HEY YOU ALL PLEASE ENCOURAGE ROD TO FIND HELP, CAUSE JUST READING ROD NOTES ON THIS BLOG SEEMS HE IS SUFFERING SOME KIND OF MENTAL DEPRESSION, AI MAN ROD MINE YOU GO HANG YOURSELF TOO, SEEMS HE IS HEART BROKEN OVER SOMETHING DEAN BARROW DID TO HIM/SHE OR MAYBE SOMETHING HE DID NOT DO TO POOR ROD.

  7. Earl Grey says:

    AT LEAST HE PICK A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE………… NEXT TO HEAVEN…………..
    MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS HIS SOUL…………….

  8. Jon Klotz says:

    Mike was a nice person who was very smart, loved his family and was very committed to the things he enjoyed in life. Unfortunately his mind got the best of him. There were many who would have loved the chance to help him and talk him through his problems. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his children. Though I don’t agree with what he did I hope his mind is finally at ease. God Bless and rest in peace Mike.

  9. I Have Awaken says:

    Poor soul, now he has to repeat the 3rd density. I hope he learns the next time around.

  10. MADDYVANDIJKDEREALISTA says:

    The man is an adult, not a child. Therefore he makes the decision to travel whether they believed he was suicidal or not. It would have required excessive force on this man to have him detained from leaving his home or country of his own free will.

    More than likely the man did not just travel to Belize to die there. It took him a long time before he actually killed himself.

  11. TK says:

    It is sad that Mike felt he had no other option. Why was he released from treatment after several days? Why????? It was obvious that he felt his life was turned upside down. (For many reasons) Those who threaten suicide often follow through. He lived in a small unforgiving community. It is sad that nobody could reach out to him. Breaks my heart to think what his children are going through, he loved them dearly. I hope his mind and heart are at rest. God will forgive him. Just a sad, sad situation and too bad someone couldn’t help him!!!!!

  12. Melissa says:

    I don’t know what Mike didn’t talk to me. We were friends, we hung out, we talked. He told me everything, about his family, his 2 beautiful children. He was a great guy. We even watched a sunset together.
    I guess you never really know what’s going on inside a person’s head.
    My heart breaks for his children. I really hope he’s at peace and all is pretty.

  13. Melissa says:

    I don’t know why Mike didn’t talk to me and let me inside his head. He was such a great guy, beautiful, sweet and kind. We talked about so much, he loves his 2 adorable kids. He told me he so many things and it’s only now I am putting it all together. He was giving me signs, I should have seen this coming.
    I know some may not understand why he did what he did but it was done for his children.
    I spent some one on one time with this guy and he didn’t have a piece of violence in his body. I really hope he finds what he was looking for.
    See you over the rainbow Mike,

    Butterfly touch

  14. DB says:

    Mike was a good guy. He was having fun in Caye Caulker. He said many times he thought he might stay there. His wife had left him, and left him with nothing. Not even his son would talk to him based on things she had told him. I wish I had recognized the signs, but to me, he acted like a guy that was clearing his mind in the Carib. for a while. Very sad thing to happen to a very nice guy. RIP Mike, and go with God.

  15. Ed miller says:

    Mike’s younger brother and I went to college together. Mike and I stood up in his brothers wedding together. I never thought he was that sad. My heart really goes out to his family, his mom, 2 sisters, and his brother, all are in real pain right now. it breaks my heart that he didnt get the help he needed-before it was too late. He will be missed.

  16. Gracie Leigh says:

    Nobody knows what Mike was going through – that’s between him and God. His life wasn’t perfect but then again, nobody’s is.
    It is an understatement to point out that he should not have been released from treatment in the states.
    To say that no one reached out to him in the community is completely incorrect. Now his wife and children are left to pick up the pieces from this selfish and cowardly decision of his.
    I like Mike, always have – but this was the wrong way to handle everything he was going through. I hope that he has peace and will pray for his soul. Most of all, I am praying for his son, his daughter, his wife and his family – that they can come to terms with his actions as he never could.

  17. Trixie says:

    For those of you that lived in Belize and met Mike his Memorial service was held today. His mind heart and soul are at peace and God will forgive him. He is missed by many friends and family and we will meet him again some day. RIP Mike. You will remembered and missed by many.

  18. Justice says:

    I am sorry he did not get help but depression is an awful thing. He should have never been allowed to travel but things happen. Now to WESTERNMERMAID—- ARE YOU NUTS! WHO GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO SAY THIUNGS LIKE THAT TO ROD? EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A SORRORFUL EXCUSE WE HAVE FOR A PM SO WHAT ROD WRITES IS IN THE MIND AND HEART OF MANY BELIZEANS. I GUESS YOU MUST BE GETTING SOMETHING ELSE FROM THE PM TO BE SO DEFENSIVE hmmmmmm.AND TO PUT MATTERS STRAIGHT, HE HAS NOT YET DONE ANYTHING TI ME OR MY FAMILY BUT HAS DONE TO MANY OF MY BELIZEAN PEOPLE . ALL THE SAME IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY TELL SOMEONE TO HANG HIMSELF BECAUSE HE DOES NOT LIKE OUR PM , MAYBE YOU SHOULD FOLLOW YOUR OWN ADVICE AS IF EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT LIKE OR SPEAK BAD OF THE PM WOULD FOLLOW THAT ADVICE, THERE WOULD HARDLY BE ANY BELIZEANS LEFT.

  19. ajj says:

    how dare you gracie leigh, how dare you! i am a woman of class so i usually dont respond to this sort of ignorance but you made me real mad! its you and vultures like you who made mike feel so bad and so worthless.. you did this to him. you continue to attack even after he is gone and yet you call him a coward? ironic isn’t it? save your breath in saying you like mike because your post clearly shows that you don’t. you are evil! don’t pretend to care about matthew or kendall because you dont. if you did, you would know they don’t want to hear or see this kind of attack on their dad! shame on you, shame on you!! you mean mean uncompassionate evil being! don’t bother “praying” for mike’s soul, you better focus on praying for your own!

    melissa, thank you for sharing your story. i enjoyed hearing about your time with mike, i think you’re a lucky girl to have spent those last days with him and i would love to hear more! he was a beautiful being, so kind, gentle and charming..

    and no mike, it wasn’t your loss, it was mine

  20. Christel says:

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    than having my breakfast coming over again to read further news.

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  21. kendall virgin says:

    FYI that was my father that killed his self so reading these commects are a little sad because people dont know about him like i do. my father died when i was 7 years old

  22. Sara says:

    Kendall, I’m not sure if you will get this but I’ll say it anyways. Your father was my best friend in high school (and in middle school). Your dad was caring and loving and I could go to him for anything. Knowing him the way that I did, I will guarantee that he loved you and your brother more than anything. I was just going through our senior annual yesterday and seeing his smile warmed my heart. Even the pictures where he was trying to look tough made me laugh because that wasn’t him. (He was so soft hearted) My heart broke the day I heard he died and I still cry today. Peace and comfort to you, your brother, and your mom!

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