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Oct 12, 2017

Friends Keep Looking for Chrisstofer Roggema in the West

Chrisstofer Roggema

Chrisstofer Jan Roggema is missing and his friends need help to find him. Roggema is a Norwegian-Belizean businessman who has been living in Belize for more than twenty-five years. He moved to Saint Margaret Village on the Hummingbird Highway earlier this year and on Monday, he went to see a property in a remote, forested area along with a friend. Roggema wasn’t feeling well and reportedly wandered off while waiting for a truck to take him home. His friends are concerned, as he is said to be in his sixties or seventies. Despite having assistance from the police and the B.D.F., Jaime Perez says they need more help on the ground. He spoke with News Five via phone today.


On the Phone: Jaime Perez, Search Party Leader

“He was looking for a piece of property and he was going along with a GPS with a guy name Mister Martinez but he was not in the condition to go to the jungle and I told him, Mister Chris, you are not in the position to go to the jungle because he had been having some fever and flu and he wasn’t so healthy. But he was determined wanted to go and finally they do the GPS and on the way coming back he get tired. He stay sitting on the trail taking ten minutes rest and the guy told him he will drive the vehicle closer to help him to take him home . On the distance going back the guys came to me and report it and I went there the same moment he lost. I went there because it is not far so I called out to him ‘Chris! Chris’ and he answered and the direction was like he was in the bush and he answered him back and tell him ‘Chris, come back you are on the wrong trail’ and then Mister Martinez tell him ‘Wait on me, I will open a trail for you with my machete.’ And he hollered again and he answered and that is how we understand that he was deeper in the jungle and so he answered two times and that was it. I have been having assistance by local people and assistance by the police. So far last night we find two foot tracks of where he gone down by a creek and drink water.”


Andrea Polanco

“How hopeful are you that you are going to find him alive; are you hopeful?”


On the Phone: Jaime Perez

“Oh, yes. I am hundred percent hopeful. I am giving this guy – he is sixty-five or seventy years old – I am confident that if we find him today we can find him alive. Longer run I am really get disappointed that we might find him but not alive because it is getting long and to be in the jungle and not have surviving skills it is very hard.”


Please contact Jaime Perez at 637-3388 if you would like to assist in the search. 

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