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Aug 8, 2016

Camalote Plumber Murdered in the City

Carl Trapp

While there were no known casualties caused by Hurricane Earl, immediately in its aftermath a plumber from Camalote, Cayo, who had just been released on parole, was found murdered in the City where he had moved following his release from prison.  Fifty-one year old Carl Trapp, who is well-known to the law, was viciously stabbed multiple times to the chest, back, shoulder and face. Trapp was found before six o’clock on Saturday morning in the compound of Hyde’s Supermarket located at the corner West Canal and Hicatee Street, Belize City. Trapp was visited by persons believed to be his relatives on Friday night.  Thereafter, he cycled away and was later found dead in the compound where he lived. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Easter Division South

“As investigators, we try not to leave any stone unturned and we must explore all possibilities. And it is not the conventional type of killing that we will normally see on south side Belize City.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

Police officers attached to Eastern Division South are investigating a most recent homicide that occurred over the weekend. Around five-thirty on Saturday morning, the body of a fifty-one year old Carl Trapp was discovered face up inside Hyde’s Supermarket Compound, located adjacent to the Michael Finnegan Market at the corner of West Canal and Hicatee Street in Belize City. Trapp had been stabbed multiple times to the chest, back shoulder, cheek and below the right eye and discovered in a pool of his blood by a tenant who arrived early that morning for work.


Alvin Hyde Jr., Landlord

“Early di morning, I hear people di saw somebody deh down deh di lay down. So I get up, put on mi boots because inside yah wet up. I live on this side, but due to the hurricane, this side yah wet up and di bed so I sleep on the business counter weh we used to operate the business yah from. Like I say, when I wake up the morning, I get up and observe him down there. The police dehn come and I identify ahn fi them and they ask me to come in and give them a witness statement and I gone and do that.  Meanwhile the police were there, I was present and I see everything and he did get several stab wounds.”


Alvin Hyde Jr.

According to Alvin Hyde Junior, around eight p.m. on Friday, several relatives came to visit with Trapp. He was last seen alive leaving the area on a bicycle.


Alvin Hyde Jr.

“I come outside and see the person dehn out yah and I ask who yo want and they say Carl. So I gone to his room and tell him that somebody deh out yah di look fi ahn. Ih say dah who? I tell ahn I noh know the person. Ih say find out di name fi me. So I ask the person fi ih name and ih give me ih name, but I noh quite remember the person name. So when ih hear di person name, ih come out ina wah short pants with no shirt. They talk fi approximately five minutes. After they finish talking the vehicle drive off. He come back, gone inside of his room, get wah shirt, put it on and get pan ih bicycle and he gone.”


ACP Chester Williams

“From investigation, what we have learnt is that the night of Friday, August fifth, he was visited by two persons in an SUV. Those persons we have gathered are his family members who came down from Camalote to visit him to see how he was after the storm. After those persons left his home, we learnt that he took off on a bicycle and he went somewhere and returned shortly thereafter and that was the last time he was seen alive.”


Chester Williams

The murder weapon has not been recovered and police say that a motive has not been ascertained.


ACP Chester Williams

“Police have interviewed several persons in respect to this investigation but so far we have been unable to ascertain a motive or even a suspect. I must say that police search of the body; we found over three hundred and fifty dollars in cash and his cell phone so that automatically ruled out robbery as a possible motive. It would appear to be an angry person—someone who obviously was angry with him. It could be seen as a crime of passion and it could also be seen as a crime of hate.  But like I said, we are still investigating; the investigation is still in its infancy stage.”


The Camalote resident had recently been released on parole, reportedly for a burglary conviction, and two months ago began staying in one of the apartments at the rear of the building. He was one of three persons that had the keys to access the metal gates.  It is believed that Trapp knew his killer.


Duane Moody

“He didn’t complain any at all to you that somebody was threatening his life or somebody wanted him dead or anything like that?”


Alvin Hyde Jr.

“No, no, no. Ih never mention nothing of that sort.”


Duane Moody

“So this comes as a shock?”


Alvin Hyde Jr.

“Right, right.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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