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Nov 23, 2017

Search Continues for Hubert Richards, 83; Seen in Los Lagos & Orange Walk

Alejandro Cowo

Eighty-three-year-old Hubert Richards remains missing tonight, despite all efforts being expended by his loved ones in trying to locate him alive.  The elderly man is said to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and has been sighted in several areas along the Phillip Goldson Highway, including Los Lagos and as far north as the Guinea Grass junction.  Notwithstanding a search party that has been following all reported leads, the effort to find Richards in one piece continues to turn up fruitless.  Earlier today, police provided an update on the search, as well as their involvement in the ongoing effort.


ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Yesterday, I was in the area because I had received information that he was sighted on Saturday in the Los Lagos area.  As a result a team of police from Belize City and Ladyville went into Los Lagos and we conducted an extensive search behind a bushy area in Los Lagos.  We were there with a family member; however, the search led to nothing.  We spoke with people in the area and they said yes, they had seen the man there but that was Saturday early in the morning.  Also, after we concluded from the search, we received information that the man was seen at the junction of Guinea Grass Village in the Orange Walk District.  The information was relayed to Orange Walk police and Orange Walk police proceeded to that location and they did a search; however, they did not meet the person there.  I know that family members are going there today along with other personnel to do further searches in the Guinea Grass and Little Belize area, more in depth to see if the man can be located.  However, we are aware that this information has been on social media from the day that he was reported missing which was the seventeenth, [sorry], which was the sixteenth, Thursday of last week.  However, an official report wasn’t made until yesterday at the Ladyville Police Station.  But before we had received any report, we had been following it up from other leads that we had been getting and we are assisting the family as much as we can at this moment.”

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