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Nov 10, 2014

Police Suspect Foul Play in Disappearance of Roaring Creek Man

Howell Gillett

While the body of Welcome Junior was discovered inside his house, in Roaring Creek, Belmopan Police, Coast Guard personnel and residents of the village are currently searching the river for the body of Kerwin Mendoza. Police would not confirm whether Mendoza has been killed, but Superintendent Howell Gillett went on record to say that there is sufficient evidence to indicate that he was gravely injured in a fight in the village at seven a.m. Since then, the Roaring Creek resident has not been seen or heard from. The Officer Commanding the Belmopan Police Formation says that they have two persons in custody, who were embroiled in an altercation with Mendoza prior to his disappearance.


Via Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“We received information this morning that sometime after seven a.m. that one Kerwin Mendoza of Roaring Creek Village was involved in an altercation with some other guys and since then, nobody knows his whereabouts. We conducted an investigation and so far we have two persons of interests in custody, who may well be charged sometime later this week. The names at this time I don’t want to release until they’ve been charged.”


Duane Moody

“Sir is it believed that Kerwin is dead or has been murdered?”


Via Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett

“Well, we cannot say that at this time that he is dead, but what happen is that we have evidence to suggest that he might be injured and those evidence that I’m speaking about will be sent to the Forensic Laboratory to confirm that it is him. We are using some investigative techniques and I am sure we will solve this case. we had the support of the Belize Coast Guard and some local swimmers who were diving in the area of Roaring Creek and the search will continue in the morning very early with the support of other villagers and the coast guard also.”


Duane Moody

“Sir where exactly did this altercation happen?”


Via Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett

“It happened at an area in Roaring Creek known as the zinc fence area, but the body, if there is a body, our investigation is leading us to a certain part of the creek just behind that residence.”


Duane Moody

“Now this altercation between him and these persons…is it an ongoing rival between them, is it gang related?”


Via Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett

“No, no, it is not gang related. It is just something that erupted during last night and we believe this is what caused the incident.”


The search resumes on Tuesday.

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