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Jan 2, 2019

John Doe Fished Out of Belize River

Also in western Belize, the Belize Police Department is investigating the murder of an unidentified Hispanic man. The body was fished out of the Belize River near Blackman Eddy Village, Cayo, on New Year’s morning. The autopsy revealed that the person may have been dead for about three to four days. The hands of John Doe were tied and according to Acting Commissioner of Police, he was strangled to death before dumped into the river.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Acting Commissioner of Police

“Police were called to the Belize River in the area of Black Man Eddy Village where they retrieved from the river the body of a male Hispanic person who has several tattoos all over the body. The person’s hands were bound to the back. He was taken to the medical school as the body was in a preliminary stage of decomposition and a post mortem examination conducted yesterday reveal that the person died from manual strangulation. So that is a case of murder that we are investigating. This individual is still listed as John Doe as we have not been able to ascertain his identity.”

 

Reporter

“The person may not be a Belizean. Is there any indication of this?”

 

Chester Williams

“We don’t have anything to suggest but the river runs from a distance. We don’t know from how far the body came. We don’t even know who he is. As I said that the body was already starting to decompose which would suggest he was in the river for at least over a day. A body can travel quite a distance in a day in a river that runs as strong as the Belize River. So possibilities could be but we can to confirm that. The body was there for three to four days and we have no missing person in Belize that matches that description so that could be possibility. Unfortunately, it drifted into our area and so it is now for us.”


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