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Nov 2, 2017

Corozal Double Murders Still Unsolved

So far for 2017, there have been a staggering one hundred and twenty-three murders across the country. Belize City has taken the majority with fifty-two homicides, that’s over forty-two percent of the murder count. According to our records, Cayo District is registering twenty-one homicides, two of which occurred in the Capital City Belmopan. Both Toledo and Stann Creek show four murders each with Orange Walk showing six homicides and Corozal, seven. Tonight, News Five’s Duane Moody focuses on the seven homicides in the northern most district of the country, which has recorded two double murders within one month.


Apolonio Kiou & Arthur Tzul

Duane Moody, Reporting

The murder count for the district of Corozal for 2017 is currently at seven, which has surpassed 2016’s five murders for that district. Of those seven murders, three were foreign nationals who made Corozal Town their home. But the staggering reality is that only the murders of Gabriel Bochnia, on October fourth, and Omar Gonzalez on June twenty-ninth have seen the alleged perpetrators, Apolonio ‘Polo’ Kiou and Arthur Tzul, respectively, taken before the courts. The five others, including the killing of Brandon Lee Tesecum on June sixth and the back to back double murders have remained unresolved.


The community was shocked back on May first when the bodies of two foreign nationals were discovered in the outskirts of Chan Chen Village; the couple was last seen alive leaving Scotty’s Bar in Corozal Town and were to travel the following morning but never made their flight.


Duane Moody

Duane Moody (stand up) [File: May 3rd, 2017]

“A few yards down this path in a cane field in the outskirts of the village of Chan Chen, Corozal the bodies of Canadian national Francesca Matus and American national Drew Thomas DeVoursney were discovered by a canero just before five p.m. on Monday. While their hands were bound with duct tape, they were manually strangled to death.”


Dennis Arnold

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold, O.C., Corozal Police Formation [File: May 2nd, 2017]

“It’s about a mile and a half on the main road and a mile in a feeder road in a cane field, yes we had saw the two bodies—the male is partially on top of the female. Scenes of Crime were called in, scene was processed; the body was in an advance state of decomposition where the doctors were called in and the autopsy was done on site. Upon conclusion of the autopsy, the doctors conclude that the case of death was massive strangulation.”


John Deshaies

In the aftermath of this double murder, John Deshaies, a Canadian national and former tenant of the couple, was initially detained for questioning, but police confirm today that there was no supporting evidence to connect him to the double homicide. Several other persons were wanted for questioning, including an American national who has since returned to the U.S. and a Belizean who cannot be located at this time.


Baltazar Lopez & Zeidy Orozco

But five weeks later, another double murder rocked Corozal. Lovers Baltazar Lopez and Zeidy Orozco were slaughtered and their bodies disposed of near a garbage dump on the Consejo Road.


Aaron Babb

Aaron Babb, Discovered Bodies [June 7th, 2017]

“I was coming out from my house to meet with the searching group again and I got a call from a friend who says that a dump truck was passing by, saw some vultures and saw something that appeared to be the bodies. Since they told me that, I hurry and came this side—me and another friend—and as I walked in there, I was sure it was them. I found the people from the transport department already by the area and went in and that’s the way they were found.” OUT 01:05


Martin Lopez

Martin Lopez, Brother of Deceased [File: June 8th, 2017]

“Finding the bodies was one of the main objectives. The last option we would run to was finding them dead. But thanks to God—well the police assisted after all. The many civilians; relatives from the female and relatives from the male and we reached to the point that we found the bodies. We are putting them to rest now; that’s all that we can say and we thank everybody who assisted us financially, emotionally and in the search.”


In an interview with Superintendent Sinquest Martinez, he confirmed that U.S. investigators were in Belize following up on the double murder of Matus and De Voursney.


Sinquest Martinez

Supt. Sinquest Martinez, O.C., Corozal Police [File: July 17th, 2017]

“There is a lot of things happening but some of the information we can’t give out as we speak. Recently, since taking over last week, I signed some documents from the F.B.I. that was assessing us and there are further works that we need to do. And yes it is challenging with respect to those two double murders, but the investigation hasn’t been closed as yet and I know the public hasn’t gotten the information needed for them. It is still fresh in everybody’s minds but being here, I will assist my investigators with that likewise because I am aware of it because I was also a part of the investigation of the American and the Canadian double murder investigation.”


News Five has confirmed that U.S. investigators lifted a fingerprint that is being analyzed. And investigations continue into all murders as the cases remain open. Duane Moody for News Five.

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