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Jun 6, 2012

13 year old Jasmine Lowe murdered

Jasmine Lowe

All hopes were dashed aside shortly after noon today for the family of thirteen year old Jasmine Lowe. The young girl went missing on Monday after she left her father’s house in Santa Elena. Lowe was preparing to participate with the Scouts in Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Belmopan. Lowe is believed to have taken a taxi; that is the last time she was seen until today when her body was found in the bushes near a farm on the Cristo Rey Road. News Five’s Andrea Polanco spoke to family, friends and the police.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Yellow caution tape marks off the area where the decomposing body of thirteen year old Jasmine Lowe was found. Residents of neighboring communities gather on the sidelines looking on as police officials process the scene; a feeder road off the Cristo Rey Road. Her father, Christopher Lowe, was on site.

 

Chris Lowe, Father of Deceased

“It’s the worse news possible to any parent. They found her but not how we were hoping.”

 

Jasmine was last seen alive on Monday afternoon around two. She was heading off to prepare for Scouts activity in Belmopan for that night.

 

Chris Lowe

Chris Lowe

“On Monday, she helped my worker produce our products and everything she was so excited and she left the house at two o’clock—usually she is more intelligent than jumping into any taxi so she must have known the guy. She should have crossed over the bridge, but she caught a taxi right in front of Highway Supermarket in front of Max right by bridge foot. And she was supposed to go up there by her mother’s salon and get her nails done and all that sort of thing so that she would look presentable at the Jubilee in Belmopan. And I didn’t find out until late because I came back from the farm rather late and I assumed that she was in safe hands.”

 

But that was the last time she was seen or heard from. Reports are that she was seen getting into a white taxi. Video surveillance from a nearby business shows this image of a vehicle matching the description of the cab. It passed around seven minutes after two and returned a short while later. Reports indicate that there was a third person inside the vehicle.

 

Chris Lowe

“I started putting the pieces together and right away I suspected—she mentioned to my worker she was tired so that means that she probably was going to take a taxi and I had actually given her extra money in case she needed to take a taxi and I’m sorry I did. I’m sorry I didn’t make her go to the farm with me.”

 

Chester Williams, O.C., Police Western Formation

“We cannot say definitely that that particular car is the car that picked her up because as we know the company does not make one vehicle of the same description. However, as a part of investigation process, we want to locate that vehicle—it is a vehicle of interest—as a part of our elimination process. I can say that we are taking this matter very seriously and I’ve requested the assistance of our U.S. counterpart. My intention is to send the video for enhancement to see if we can pick up the license plate for the vehicle as well as to be able to identify those who were in the vehicle at the time. I do not want people to believe that crime will be committed and because we, the Belize police department does not have the capability means that we’ll leave it at that.”

 

Chester Williams

All indications are that Jasmine may have been familiar with the driver:

 

Chester Williams

“I believe that the time of death may have been some time Monday night and we also believe that she was murdered sometime Monday night and the location where the body is at this time, I do not believe that is the area where she was murdered. We believe that she was murdered elsewhere and dumped in that location. So, all of that will be confirmed by the doctor as soon as he has conducted his post-mortem.”

 

Chris Lowe

“It would seem so because she was a smart child and she usually would cross the bridge and ride a Bullet Tree taxi which is more direct than get a ride by bridge foot and go the opposite direction and circle around. When I go to town—and we live close by—I would walk before driving all the way around because it is quicker and closer. So it just doesn’t make any sense. And apparently she talked to the person a few minutes either convincing her to get in—I suspect. I don’t know.”

 

Jasmine Lowe from all accounts was an outgoing and smart little girl. Chris Lowe says she was very much a part of the family business. In October of last year we met her marketing her father’s products.

 

Chris Lowe

“She’s very smart; she jumped a grade last year at St. Peters. We live in a farm and she loves the farm and all that. She loves to learn, but I didn’t want to put her in high school at twelve years old. Some people thought it was crazy—but all the influence and all that, so I left her out of school for this year. And I’m happy I did because I spent all this time with her. We climbed Victoria’s Peak three weeks ago with tour guides and everyone just loves her. She gets along with young people, old people. She’s kinda a tomboy; she plays football and like she says, we’re like peas and carrots. We’re very, extremely close.”

 

Suleny Lowe, Sister of Deceased

“We had a very close relationship. And the person who did this, I hope they find out who it is and he took away my only sister. And I don’t have no one else.”

 

Chris Lowe

“I just know that God’s just and the person will pay. I know everyone says they will catch him, but let’s be real; murder is the easiest thing to get away with in Belize. Sad, but it’s true. Don’t get caught with a stick of weed, then they’ll send you up. I mean it’s ridiculous, but… You have to learn to forgive.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

A report that somebody had answered her phone after she went missing was confirmed by a pastor; that is likely to be part of the investigations. 

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70 Responses for “13 year old Jasmine Lowe murdered”

  1. Cliff says:

    find him n insteasd of taking him to court just take him in the bushes n pulg him

  2. Nathascha Xisto das Neves Johnson says:

    RIP May the lord be with you during this trying time. You are as a family in many people,s prayers. To the criminal that has caused this devastation to this beautiful child I pitty you as the people and God Almighty will catch you and they will not have mercy on your soul. If you do this to one of my girls I will hunt you down like a animal and rip out your heart with my bare hand. You are a devil!

  3. close friend says:

    i would like to send my condolences to the family, both the father and mother. to all those persons criticizing the mother you have no idea of what she is going through right now. if she hasn’t appeared in any of these interviews is because she has been in shock since she found out her daughter went missing worst murdered. on the other side the dad has been stronger and has had the courage to stand in front of a camera, but nobody should judge a parent as nobody knows the pain these two people are going through right now. I pray to God that this murderer be found. Rest in Peace Jasmin

  4. sick to my stomach says:

    belize is a haven for criminals. come on mr. Barrow we need to to seek help from profesionals outside. we have capable people they just need the proper trainning from the right sourses. we need to stop depending on hear say and start working with hard evidence the victim still has a way of speaking even after they are gone its all in the evidence thats there voice we just need to kno what we are looking for and the crime will be solved. my prayers and thoughts are
    with the entire family. i am sure the good Lord will bring this insane person to justice his, her or there loss shall be greater dont loose faith mr. Lowe i have an idea of what you must be going through. i pray justice will be served

  5. Adam Lowe says:

    The mother is very involved! Jasmine is my cousin. Jasmine, her mother and sister came to the states a little over a year ago to visit my family in Texas. She loves her daughter so much and is devastated. My uncle Chris took the role of talking to the press. Don’t speculate please and make comments about her being some how involved. She hasn’t slept in days and she has been taking care of Jasmine’s older sister who is mortified. Jasmine’s mother and her family spent every waking hour of the day searching until she was found yesterday. This has been a nightmare! Jasmine doesn’t have a step father. Jasmine’s family loves her so much and is doing everything they can to bring Justice to the horrible human that took her life. All of the amazing support given thus far is overwhelming. Thank You on behalf of the family. I am pushing for a DNA analysis. Justice will be brought!! Don’t lose hope. We are trying to get a private pathologist involved. Some ex cops from the states that live in Cayo are helping in the search for justice as well! Everyone come to the candle light vigil on Saturday in San Ignacio in front of the police station!!! Thank you everyone! Belize must unite not only for Jasmine but for all of the other kids who are missing or who have been victims of evil!!! It’s time to take a nation wide stand against this violence!!

  6. Islander says:

    Where is attorney Moore and Yolanda Shakron ? This is an innocent 13 year old who’s rIght to life was taken but yet the so called human rights advocates do nothing. God forbid the police get heavy handed with gang members, murderers and rapists because you will see them marching on the streets crying for justice for the scumbags .

  7. ang says:

    The one who did it I think may have raped before very bold crime. Now offer a substantial reward all businesses dead or alive then crack neck. There are still good cops n bounty hunters out there whod do this pro bono no?

  8. ang says:

    The one who did it I think may have raped before very bold crime. Now offer a substantial reward all businesses dead or alive then crack neck. There are still good cops n bounty hunters out there whod do this pro bono no?

  9. Babs says:

    droseflowers is right! Check the mother’s connections. Check the stepfather weh look like wah teenager himself. Ms Marisol the mother is no where to be seen. Isn’t that odd? Even in media updates today that show the outside of her business place not even a glimpse of her. Maybe her conscience is bothering her. Jasmine had just returned from spending the weekend with her mother, they need to check her company. The dad says it was odd for her to catch a ride there, and that spot. Sounds to me like there might be texts where this ride was set up. Did someone tell her to go there for a ride to her mom? Two factors to consider MOTIVE and OPPORTUNITY. When motive and opportunity connect – murder is the result.

  10. Blackie says:

    My prayers for the family, and may God give you serenity in this time of need. Rest your head with the Almighty, for Jasmine is there too.

    But what we need to do:

    Free up police resources by decriminalizing weed. How much time and energy is wasted on victimless crimes when there is so much truly bad stuff going on in Belize right now. Let’s help the police do their job by demanding politicians (most of the ones I know smoke weed) get their priorities right!

  11. KINGSHIT says:

    :-( SAD

  12. Crow Bud says:

    May you rest in peace Jasmine and may the Lord take care of the mofo that took your life away. Son of a …………………… Lord also please give Chris the strength to carry on his life with this heavy burden. Blessings

  13. Seriousness says:

    Do like the Guats did on BANNED FROM TELEVISION……when some guatemalans rape a lil girl in a village the hole village capture them n burn them alive in front of the entire village…..!—% the CJ system n build pah community justice….dah way the community decide how fuh kill deh A–Hole deh…..
    These days mothers are the one selling out their daughters…..n older now a days dealing with woman who have teenage daughters…hmmmm i wonder why?

  14. anderson says:

    its sad 2 hear dis about a innocent baby girl,i have a daughter as wel n sisters n if dis shud happen i wuld put justice into my own hands becaz face it people our leaders r not doin di proper thing these murderers r gettin away 2 much,my sincere condolences 2 her family n i hope we get justice dis time,god be wit us

  15. Sasha says:

    Sorry for your loss mr. Lowe. Dr Estrada forensic result will yield NOTHING, which means another lost case. People brought into Police Custody even if they are SUSPECTS should have DNA sample taken, it will help to acquit when a CRIME IS COMMITTED. I like Babs THEORY. You the citizens can SOLVE this Crime if you ARE WILLING, it is not like you don’t have CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE that can be turned into CONCRETE EVIDENCE. BARROW you need to start worrying about SENSELESS CRIME instead of sending weeks in MIAMI ON TAXPAYERS MONEY. PEOPLE take to streets, hills, rivers, valleys to protest. God bless.

  16. Mars says:

    Bab’s theory has false statements, just because a mother don’t come on tv, that does not mean she had to be involved with her daughter’s murder. Come on, she is in shock! Her baby girl was raped and murdered. People should not jump to ridiculous conclusions, and apparently Jasmine did not have a stepdad.

  17. Josh says:

    Babs says:
    June 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    “droseflowers is right! Check the mother’s connections. Check the stepfather weh look like wah teenager himself. Ms Marisol the mother is no where to be seen. Isn’t that odd? Even in media updates today that show the outside of her business place not even a glimpse of her. Maybe her conscience is bothering her. Jasmine had just returned from spending the weekend with her mother, they need to check her company. The dad says it was odd for her to catch a ride there, and that spot. Sounds to me like there might be texts where this ride was set up. Did someone tell her to go there for a ride to her mom? Two factors to consider MOTIVE and OPPORTUNITY. When motive and opportunity connect – murder is the result.”

    Are you a detective, why don’t you put up your legal name and make such accusations about the mother of the victim…seems that you don’t know what is the loss of a child… and the physiological pain that a parent goes through a devastating situation. You stupid Bab, you are such an incompetent one like all the crooked system in Belize. What are your Intentions?? aah…you want to destroy the mothers reputation when she is already devastated…i am the Boyfriend of Marisol…and we love jasmine a lot…you should be condoling not accusing…i think you are an angel, with not sin in your life to point fingers…i am in Facebook as “josh the code” find me and lets talk about your comments…

  18. edgar rivas says:

    im from ther that bad but sound like a set up is sad

  19. Juni Bawls says:

    lmao babs watch too much CSI, That noh suddenly mek u got wa phd ina Forensics. All you dih do da talk !@$$$. No mek stupid accusations bout dih ma and u no know jack $%!# bout anything. Please deh ya da soh serious allegations u mih dih mek and ih tun out deh had nothing fih do with it. Learn fih really think before you post stupidness. Thats the thing about the internet though, too much Anonymity . I bet ih wouldnt dare seh dat simpleness to Marisol face. !!!

  20. KayLen Franklin says:

    Lmaao It Sound Like A Set Up To Me So There For That Boy_Lady Need To Have Life Livin In The Hole I Would Hate To Say But we Need To Vote On Prison Or The Hole For 24 Years

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