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Dec 16, 2016

Update on the Murder in Buena Vista

Manuel Medrano

The decomposing body of a sixty-year- old man was discovered on Thursday at his farm a couple miles away from Buena Vista Village in the Cayo District. When Manuel Medrano didn’t show up for work on Monday and Tuesday his boss became concerned and alerted the family. A search of his property lead to the discovery of his remains.  It appears that the elderly father of eleven was robbed, killed and then dumped in the pond. His body was buried immediately following the completion of an onsite post-mortem. News Five’s Andrea Polanco spoke with Medrano’s family today:


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Sixty-year-old Manuel Armando Medrano was found dead in this shallow pond on his family’s farm some five miles out of Buena Vista Village. Sometime around midday on Thursday, the decomposing body was discovered fully clothed and covered with leaves in the pond.  The family says that a post-mortem conducted onsite on Thursday night showed that Medrano was strangled:


Carlos Medrano, Son of Murder Victim

Carlos Medrano

“As far as weh I know that they kill him and that supposed to be on Saturday sometime this weekend and as far as weh I know when they call me yesterday I mi deh dah my ranch and they call me that they find he dead, right. When I reach to the spot I saw him in the pond.”


Andrea Polanco

“Describe to us what you saw yesterday?”


Carlos Medrano

“Well what I saw was the body in the water. He was covered up with bush with some coconut leaves and so other bush right. That is all weh we see.”


Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about what you know about the injuries that he sustained?”


Carlos Medrano

“He dead off ah deh choke he up. Yeah they strangled ah. That’s all weh the doctor say. They never hurt him up or nothing else. All weh dem mi find dah pahn ih neck.”


They also say that it appears to be a case of robbery. His wallet, a pellet gun and documents are missing from the farm house where Medrano lived. Also gone from the farm is a motor bike. Initial checks of the property indicate that nothing else has been taken. It is believed that the killer made good his escape on the bike:

Carlos Medrano

“Deh neva find the phone, deh neva find his wallet, not his documents nor nothing like that, right. So, we neva did gone through to see everything weh gone on.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now, from what I understand his bike is missing from the farm; talk to us about that?”


Carlos Medrano

“Yes, ma’m. It was a Mylon motor-bike; a black one – two hundred. That is missing from the ranch and a pellet gun which they supposed to ker too because we only find the case. And his documents which he mi have inna his bag, his knapsack that he mi ker every day. That is all that disappeared from deh. Apart from that everything is normal; the water pumps are there,everything is in their spot, right.”

Medrano lived here on his farm, but two months ago he started working at the neighboring farm. It is a remote area that lies behind Ontario and Teakettle villages accessible by a road that connects Valley of Peace and Buena Vista Village. The neighbours are some distance away. Medrano was last seen by his son about two weeks ago. But his boss saw him on Saturday when he went to collect his salary. But on Monday Medrano never showed up for work and his family became concerned. They came out to the farm to look for him and that’s when they made the gruesome discovery.They believe he was killed that Saturday:


Carlos Medrano

“On Tuesday I get a call from his boss that he never showed up to his work. He mi supposed to show up on Monday but he didn’t show up. All weh he know is that he paid him on Saturday at twelve during the middle day and then he gone home. From deh he say he see the bike come out, but he was not sure if he mi deh on the bike because it mi already dark. But it look like it was not him because he was already dead in the pond. From dah moment I know he mi brothers them and my sister and I called my mom and tell them that his boss say he missing from the areas. Then we start to look out. I tell my brothers to call the police and to investigate at the hospital because if he is not somewhere around then something wrong. What we see, what I see that was wrong was when I reach deh  that the helmets were there – two of them but the motor-bike was not here. So actually dah robbery or something like that.”


Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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