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Jan 21, 2015

Emerson Daly’s Body Found in the River

Emerson Daly

A search for Emerson Daly, a Roaring Creek resident, concluded this morning when his body was pulled out from the river behind Banana Bank in the Cow Run area. The decomposing body was partially nude and while it was suspected that he died from stab wounds, police clarified this evening that Daly was in fact shot and then disposed of in the Belize River. His blood-stained shirt was found elsewhere, but there are still personal items that have not been recovered. Daly had been missing since Sunday when he left his house in his uncle’s vehicle. His family and friends had been preparing for this eventuality, but it is still a sad and painful day. Andrea Polanco has been following this story and files this report.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Just over two days after he was last seen, twenty four year old Emerson Daly’s family worse fears came to pass. This morning his body was discovered in the Belize River to the back of Mount Pleasant Road. His uncle, Rudolph Galvez was one of the first on the scene.


Rudolph Galvez, Uncle

“I was down there earlier because they find him on the next side and they pull him across with a dory.”


Andrea Polanco

“Can you tell us, perhaps, what you noticed on the scene?”


Rudolph Galvez

Rudolph Galvez

“Well, I didn’t see anything because I didn’t see his body as yet. He was in the water and face down.”


Andrea Polanco

“Did he have on his clothes?”


Rudolph Galvez

“Yes. He had on only pants. He neva have on his shirt.”


According to Belmopan Police, Daly’s already decomposing body had several stab wounds. While no motive has been established, they are not ruling out anything.


Denroy Barrow

Via Phone: Sgt. Denroy Barrow, Belmopan Police

“About ten this morning, we discovered the decomposing body of Emerson Daly with multiple stab wounds to the upper part of the body.”


Andrea Polanco

“Okay. Which area exactly? Was he in water? Lying face down?”


Via Phone: Sgt. Denroy Barrow

“Yes. He was discovered in the water with his face lying down.”


Andrea Polanco

“Alright. So the direction that the police is leaning towards, is it from the perspective of perhaps a robbery gone bad or is this a personal attack against Mr. Daly?”


Via Phone: Sgt. Denroy Barrow

“We haven’t ruled out anything else as yet as the investigation is still fresh and we will update as the investigation comes along.”


Andrea Polanco

“Okay. So no leads as yet?”


Via Phone: Sgt Denroy Barrow

“We have no definite lead that we would like to comment on at this time.”


Andrea Polanco

“Are you able to say how confident Belmopan Police is in solving this murder?”


Via Phone: Sgt Denroy Barrow

“Yes we have aggressively, since the report was made, launched an investigation and we continue to do so.”


Andrea Polanco

“The vehicle found, is there anything you can tell us, anything found inside that’s useful to the police?”


Via Phone: Sgt Denroy Barrow

“Yes. We have found certain useful scientific evidence in the vehicle and those are being collected as the investigation continues.”


Andrea Polanco

“Alright. When you say scientific evidence, are you referring to possibly blood stains?”


Via Phone: Sgt Denroy Barrow

“Yes. Possible blood stains. What appears to be blood stains in the vehicle.”


The family’s fears mounted on Tuesday when the Blue Pathfinder that Daly was driving was discovered, on the Mount Pleasant Road just off the George Price Highway. Daley had borrowed the vehicle from his uncle and promised to return. He never did.


Rudolph Galvez

“Well, all I see was blood on the back seat and the floor and his slippers on the seat. They didn’t take anything else. Just an MP3 Player that I play music. That is all they took.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now, as his uncle and obviously someone very close to him, do you believe Emerson was killed by people who knew him?”


Rudolph Galvez

“Yup. Definite. He nuh mi wah left with anybody he nuh know. So that’s exactly what happened. He either got a call or text or something like that and he drove off and that lead to his death.”


While Police are still actively investigating this latest murder, the family maintains that Daly was killed by people he was familiar with. But why? Business Associate and friend, Shalue Butcher, says she has no idea, because Daly was not a troublemaker. She is still grappling with the loss of her dear friend.


Shalue Butcher

Shalue Butcher, Business Associate and Friend

“He had that kind heart if someone needed something he would give of his time. He would give of his energy. He would donate. He was just a loving, loving soul and so this just has us so shocked. That who could do such a horrific thing to a person like him. Emerson was fun. He was such a happy person. He would dance and sing. Emerson will be truly, truly missed by so, so, many people.”


For his mother, she is relieved to find her son’s body, but she has to live with the pain of losing her eldest child to unjustifiable violence.


Desiree Matute

Desiree Matute, Mother

“They say that saw him with someone. I will get bottom of that because Emerson didn’t deserve to die that way. If it’s the last breath in my body. I will get justice for my son.  I happy that I found his body. I know there is peace in my heart. The one who took my son from me, I will pray for them. My son didn’t deserve that. If they wanted to rob him, they should have just taken what he had and didn’t have to kill him.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.


As we said, late this evening police told our newsroom that Daly was shot to the face with a shotgun. 

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1 Response for “Emerson Daly’s Body Found in the River”

  1. ROSE says:

    A lovely soul gone, a person that bothered no one…but instead always put a smile on peoples faces. A very humble family……R.I.P Emerson, you were surely loved by many and you will be missed sweet boy

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