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Dec 15, 2016

The Awful Death of “Jane Doe” in the Belize River

The body of a woman fished out of the Belize River on Wednesday, remains unidentified tonight.  No one has come forward to verify her identity despite very distinct features on the body. It is believed, however, that in life she was homeless who wandered the streets of the City. The body had cut wounds to the head and it is suspected she was murdered and her body thrown into the river where crocodiles dismembered it. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A woman was killed and her body dumped in the Belize River near the Boom Bridge in Rural Belize District. The decomposing body of the female, believed to be in her thirties, has still not been identified, but it was discovered around midday on Wednesday by a tour guide face-down in the water some distance from where it is believed her body was disposed of. Her legs were tied, she had two cut wounds to the head and her left arm was missing. Police investigators attached to the Rural Eastern Division are tonight trying to figure out what happened to Jane Doe.


Edward Broaster

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“Yesterday we were reporting the death of Jane Doe who was found in the Belize River, three miles downstream from the Burrell Boom Bridge. Last night we conducted a postmortem on the body of Jane Doe, who we have yet to identify. And the result of the postmortem indicated that the deceased Jane Doe died from traumatic cranial injuries suffered. The aspersion that we mentioned that the feet were tied…apparently it is a knapsack…those red knapsack with the string straps were wrapped on her feet.”


Following an autopsy conducted at the medical school at the Burrell Boom Junction the body was buried at the Lord’s Bank Cemetery. While her name has not been established, the deceased is believed to be a homeless person living with a mental disability. She was last seen walking pass the Ready Call Center compound on Sunday.


ACP Edward Broaster

“Of that information, we believe that there may be someone at the prison that may be able to assist us in the identity of Jane Doe. We want to share with the public the distinct feature on Jane Doe once again. Further checks of the body revealed that she had the tattoo of a rose above her right breast with marking “MICH;” tattoo of an animal figure above the left knee and the tattoo of a rose on the right foot, just above the ankle. We hope that someone would know of the tattoo. We believe that this individual may have been homeless and is usually walking the Phillip Goldson Highway. She was last seen walking on the Burrell Boom Road from the Ready Call Center heading towards Burrell Boom direction.”


According to Regional Commander of Rural Eastern Division, ACP Edward Broaster, it is likely that after her body was dumped in the river, a crocodile ripped off her arm.


ACP Edward Broaster

“Some of the injuries, when you examine the injuries, they are long coming from one side of the shoulder to the next side of the shoulders, which a machete would not or a chop wound would not cause.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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