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Jul 1, 2019

Phillip Crabtree Drowns in Placencia

Phillip Crabtree

Retired British national Phillip Crabtree drowned in Placencia overnight on Thursday.  The body of the fifty-eight-year-old was retrieved from the sea sometime before six o’clock on Friday morning and an autopsy conducted on his body confirms that he died from asphyxia due to drowning.  While the body was observed with a cut wound over the left eye, police say that the injury is consistent with a fall.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On Friday morning, sometime around 5:45 a.m., Placencia police were called to an area along the seaside where they observed the body of a clear complexioned male person floating in the sea.  His body was retrieved from the sea.  He was later identified as Phillip Crabtree, British national.  What we know so far is that Mr. Crabtree was socializing in Placencia Village from the evening and sometime after nine p.m., he was in the company of a Belizean socializing when the Belizean left him and he was seen going in the direction of the beach with a bottle of rum.  That was the last time he was seen alive.  A post mortem has since been conducted on his body this morning where it concluded that he died from asphyxia due to fluid inhalation which is consistent with drowning.”



“Was there any sign of violence on his body that would suggest…”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“There was none other than I believe a small injury above one of his eyes which may have been consistent with his fall into the water.”

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