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Dec 6, 2019

Elito Puc Beheaded and Dumped near the Border

Elito Puc

Former teacher Elito Puc was found dead a week after his disappearance. His headless body turned up along the Belize-Guatemala border on Thursday evening. The family says that they don’t know why he was killed, but they do know that he went across the border to Melchor between Thursday night and early Friday. Not much else is known about his movements across the border or what exactly led to his death. His bodily remains were buried just after midnight. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more about the Succotz resident’s murder.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

There are more questions than answers about what led to the brutal murder of forty-two-year-old Elito Puc. The former teacher spoke with his mother on the phone last week Thursday – and that was the last time his family heard from him. They realized he was missing when friends couldn’t reach him the following day and ever since then they’ve been searching for him.


Geraldo Puc, Brother of Elito Puc

“His close friends were the ones that notified us and we were like, Elito is nowhere to be found and we were kind of taken aback by it because Elito is never the type of person that would just pick up and go just like that. After that we were able to mobilize all our family and we were able to conduct ground work, every type of search that you can imagine with the hope to find my brother alive.”


And it was during those search efforts to locate Elito Puc alive that the family found out that sometime between Thursday and Friday he had crossed the western border to go over to Melchor. To do what exactly; the family has no idea.


Geraldo Puc

Geraldo Puc

“Now, in regards to knowing what did he go to do there or with who he went there, that is another mystery because we don’t know.”


Andrea Polanco

“But you said he goes there frequently, to Melchor, so he would know the area?”


Geraldo Puc

“Yes, my brother would know exactly where he went and if he went he would know specifically where he is going.”


Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if maybe he goes to see a particular friend or a conduct a specific business over there?”


Geraldo Puc

“That would remain a mystery because we don’t know.”


The family had search teams in Belize and in Melchor – and on Wednesday when a severed head was found in Suchitan, Guatemala, the family feared the worse. But local authorities said that the head was not Elito’s. And on the following day, Thursday, a group of Guatemalans found a headless decomposing body along the border but in Belize on the property of Belizean Jorge Espat. Espat told us that he believes the body was thrown over there – onto the disputed property near the Guatemalan community of Barrio de Judah. The Pucs say that although the body didn’t have a head they were able to positively identify it.


Geraldo Puc

“That is how we were able to find out of the reports of this X or Y body found on the border or whatever. We went there and verify that ourselves. From what I know, I would say nothing was found on him. We were only able to retrieve his body. In reality, that is all we ever wanted. We just wanted closure to the situation.”


Geraldo Puc says that his brother Elito was easy-going. He once served as the chairman of Succotz where he lived and was active in the community. The family says they want to see the person or persons responsible for this killing to be brought to justice.


Geraldo Puc

“My brother is one of the easiest persons to get along with. He is a people’s person. Based on his history, he was once the chairman of this village and then he was active in politics, active in the community framework and its development. Some of its infrastructure, he is solely responsible for that. It is hard to believe that someone can just easily decide the fate of someone on their own hands and take someone away from you. It is something that our family is still struggling with. It is a process and time heals. We just hope that whatever happens, justice in one form or the other, comes and knocks on our doors because I don’t wish this on anyone. It has been one of the longest weeks you can imagine in anyone’s life.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


Elito Puc lived alone and didn’t have any children.

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