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Dec 9, 2019

Belize and Guatemala authorities working to solve Elito Puc’s murder

Elito Puc

Last week we reported on the gruesome murder of former teacher Elito Puc. He was reported missing the week before and the family discovered that he had gone across the border to Melchor. The details of what he was doing in Guatemala are still unclear and the family told us that they also didn’t know why he was killed. As we reported a severed head was found in Guatemala last week and later the decomposing, headless body was found near the border on land that belongs to Belizean Jorge Espat. That land, we’ve shown you, is in dispute with a Guatemalan community called Barrio de Judah. When we spoke with Espat last week he told us that he believes Puc was killed elsewhere and dumped on his property. Today, police spoke with the press about Puc’s grizzly murder and what they are doing to investigate it.


ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Upon their arrival, they observed the decapitated body of a Hispanic male with injuries and as well a rope was found on the body. Based on other items found on the body, the family members were called who identified some of those items. The body was then removed from the area after the scene was processed and the post-mortem was conducted. At this point in time, we have no leads as to what may have caused Mr. Puc’s death or who were responsible for his death.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Investigators do believe that he was killed in Guatemala?”


ACP Joseph Myvett



Hipolito Novelo

“How is it that the department is working along with their counterparts?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“Yes, we are. I believe there is a meeting this morning. We have met several times with the Guatemalan authorities and there is a meeting ongoing at this moment.”



“Have police been able to determine if the decapitated head was Mr. Elito Puc’s?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“No, we have not but certainly we will request a DNA sample from the Guatemalan authorities in respect to what was found on their side of the border so that there can be a comparison to determine if that is indeed the head of Mr. Puc.”

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