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Jul 6, 2015

Elderly Watchman Murdered and Tossed Into Haulover Creek

Hilberto Romero

The third murder occurred before dawn on Sunday also in the city. Sixty-five year old Emmerson Cain was assaulted by at least three persons behind Village Kitchen Restaurant on North Front Street sometime around four o’clock.  He was reportedly attacked with a stone and beaten several times to the face before he was thrown into the river behind the restaurant. An hour later, his body would be discovered floating in the river near Spoonaz Café. His face was reportedly disfigured from the injuries to the forehead and chin. The body was taken to the K.H.M.H just after six a.m. CIB Commander, Superintendent Hilberto Romero, says that investigators are currently reviewing nearby surveillance video that may have captured the murder.


Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police

“Police responded to an area behind Spoonaz near North Front Street where they saw the lifeless body of Michael Cain, sixty-five years floating in the river. His body was retrieved from the river and he was seen to have injuries to the forehead and to the jaw. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The information we have is that he was associating with some persons in that area after which his body was discovered in the river.”



“In regards to the body that was floating, you said there was injuries observed on the body. Any motives? Any idea? Robbery?”


Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No, he hangs out in that area. And we have several leads that we are following up. We have some cameras in that area. We are looking at those to see if we can establish what actually transpired but he had injuries of his forehead and to his jaw.”



“Mister Cain, we understand you all have possession of the rock, which might have been the murder weapon. This may have seemed to be a really brutal and heinous crime.”


Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We have our investigators out there. I know the scene was processed. There was some blood in that area but eventually he was found in the river.”


Murder victim number four is from Cow Pen in the Stann Creek District. Reynaldo Vanegas was stabbed to death as he socialized with friends at a bar. Independence Police responded to a call shortly after eight on Sunday night at the polyclinic where they observed the body of the Honduran national. Vanegas, a laborer at a banana farm, was observed with four stab wounds—two to the head, one to the chest and another on the armpit. According to police, a misunderstanding broke out between Vanegas and three other persons. A broken bottle with what appeared to be blood stains was retrieved from the scene. Police are looking for two persons who may be able to help in this investigation.

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