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Jul 4, 2019

Dangriga Man Murdered; Body Dumped in Frank’s Eddy Village

Jermaine Balthazar Flores

The body of a Dangriga resident was found miles away in the village of Frank’s Eddy on the George Price Highway. The murder, execution style, of forty-four year old Jermaine Balthazar Flores is baffling police. It presumably took place sometime on Wednesday night and the body found at around seven this morning in a bushy area. It was wrapped in an inflated air mattress, there were gunshot wounds to the forehead and his feet and hands were tied with duck tape and an extension cord.  The lifeless body was taken to the morgue of the Western Regional Hospital. Flores was last seen up north so it is believed he was shot and his body discarded on the Jaguar Paw road.  News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Residents of Frank’s Eddy Village in the Cayo District were shocked this morning when word of a morbid discovery spread like wildfire throughout the village. The body of forty-four-year-old Dangriga native, Jermaine Balthazar Flores, was found dumped off the road leading to the village.

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, N.C.I.B.

“Belmopan Police responded to a report at Frank’s Eddy Village about three hundred feet off the George Price Highway where they found the lifeless body of a male person identified as Jermaine Balthazar Flores, forty-four years. He was seen with gunshot injuries to the head.”

 

Investigators were on the scene, canvassing the areas and collecting evidence. It is believed that Flores was shot multiple times to the head. He had been executed. The bushy area where his body was dumped was soaked in his blood.

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Like I mentioned he has gunshots injuries. Police responded after receiving reports that his body is out there. That is all we have at this time.”

 

Investigators have yet to establish a motive. So who is Jermaine Balthazar Flores? Villagers we spoke to say they have no idea who Flores is as they have not seen him in those areas before. Reports reaching News Five is that Flores was last seen in Corozal on Wednesday night.

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“He has an address in Belize City as well as Dangriga.”

 

Hilberto Romero

Reporter

“So you guys do not know where he was prior to him being murdered?”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No, no we don’t know where he was at the time.”

 

Reporter

“Is he anybody who has had previous run-ins with the law?”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Well, we have dealt with him in the past but that is all I have at this time.”

 

Reporter

“Do you guys suspect that he was killed at the location where he was found?”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Again, I said that looking at the scene, thereafter it will be determined. We have not determined that as yet. The post mortem and other analysis will be conducted and that will determine that.”

 

The victim’s family declined our request for an interview. In 2018, Flores along with three other men was charged for drug trafficking after they were busted in Corozal with six hundred and sixty-six grams of marijuana. The men were on a white Camry car on the Estero Road near Patchakan Village when they were intercepted by customs officials who found the drug in the vehicle.  Hipolito Novelo, News Five.


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