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Sep 16, 2019

A Sad Ending in the Search for Adamir Choc

Adamir Choc

The Choc family also of San Martin area in Belmopan, though hoping for the best, had their worst fears confirmed on Saturday. The body of nineteen-year-old Adamir Choc was found off the road of Never Delay. While there is closure, there are still lingering questions as to how the young woman was killed. Her body was in nude leading the family to believe she had been raped and murdered, but this has not been confirmed.  Adamir had vanished after entering into a vehicle as she left a nightclub in the capital. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano.

 

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

On Saturday afternoon, several days after scouring the outer limits of Belmopan, a search party discovered the remains of nineteen-year-old Adamir Choc.  The San Martin resident was reported missing last weekend when she did not return home from a nightclub where she was last seen socializing with friends.  Her uncle, Marciano Choc, identified her body after being made aware of a foul stench coming from an area along the Never Delay Road.

 

Marciano Choc

Marciano Choc, Uncle of Deceased

“Around two o’clock, one of our relatives, well my neighbor came and told us that they got a smell there while passing and going down the feeder road and going to the river.  That is when we rushed to the area to see if it’s Adamir.  So when we get there at the Never Delay feeder road that’s when I, myself, personally went and identified my niece Adamir Choc.  We are so sad when we saw it, but we’re satisfied when we saw and then we called the police.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Mr. Choc, did you observe any injuries on your niece’s body?”

 

Marciano Choc

“Sir, it doesn’t show any injury or any strangulation because due to the decomposition of the body, but we could see the body, you could still, you could identify it.”

 

Belmopan police were immediately summoned to the area of the discovery.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On Saturday afternoon, Belmopan police were called to an area off the George Price Highway on a feeder road known as Never Delay Road where some five hundred yards off the main road the decomposed body of a Hispanic female later identified as Adamir Choc was found in an advanced state of decomposition.  If you may recall she was reportedly last seen alive on September seventh and thereafter, two days later, an official report was made that she was missing.  Her body has since been removed from there where a post mortem examination was conducted.  The investigation is still ongoing at this point.  Police are following several leads.”

 

Choc’s family is understandably crushed.  Her uncle was in charge of leading the search party and when we spoke with him last Thursday he was still optimistic that the nineteen-year-old would be found alive.  The shocking discovery, if nothing else, has brought some finality to her whereabouts.

 

Marciano Choc

“She had her pink blouse and her pants on top of a leaf and I guess she was nude when they gone and throw her eena dat area.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“This must have been a very sad end for you guys, particularly for yourself who was leading the search party to try to find her alive.”

 

Marciano Choc

“Sir, we are so, we are feeling it and at this time the family, especially the mother and the father.  But we thank God that we found her and yesterday was Sunday, we had a peaceful funeral.  Everybody, our neighbors, the general public, they came and supported us and we had an immediate burial.  We had the service there and we are satisfied because we found the body because there are some people for years they don’t find their loved ones.”

 

Despite a post mortem examination on the body, medical examiners could not conclude a cause of death.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“An autopsy was conducted yesterday where at the conclusion the cause of death was inconclusive based on the advanced state of decomposition.”

 

Reporter

“Was there any sign or any evidence to show that maybe she was raped sir, or sexually assaulted?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I am not going to go into the details of how she was found other than to say that she was found in an advanced state of decomposition.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

 

There is growing outrage at the spate of crime, the Belmopan Active Youths, a youth organization operating in Belmopan, is calling on the Police Department to heighten significantly the level of investigation being carried out in order to secure that justice is served relating to the murders. The organization further calls on the Belmopan City Council to ensure that proper scrutiny and evaluation takes place as it relates to liquor licenses.  P.U.P. standard bearer, Oscar Mira is also expressing concern over crime in the capital. Mira states that there is a crisis at hand.  In a release he says, “There is growing inequality and a lack of education and meaningful employment. There is a culture that undervalues the lives of women and girls that prevails. Equally important, there is a seriously underfunded and weak criminal justice system that gives criminals impunity.”


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