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Feb 19, 2020

Robert Nunez Found Dead After Being Reported Missing

Robert Nunez

In San Ignacio, a family’s worst fears were confirmed. Robert Nunez left his house on Sunday morning; he crossed the border heading to Melchor and later on that same day, he was seen having a good time at the Champon, which is in the Adjacency Zone. Thereafter he went missing; that is until today when Nunez was found dead on this side of the border. News Five’s Isani Cayetano


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The lifeless remains of twenty-four-year-old Robert Nunez were discovered today in an overgrown area near the western border in Benque Viejo.  The San Ignacio resident was reported missing by his mother on Tuesday evening.  Maria Escalera told police that her son left home on Sunday morning around eight o’clock.  It would be the last time she would see him alive.


Maria Escalera, Mother of Deceased

“He go out deh pan weekend, he cohn home and I woulda go out when I go out dehn woulda seh Mar ah sih Robby.  Ih arite.  But fi seh police di hassle he every weekend because he deh out deh, dat noh work. Dat noh happen.”


It is believed that Nunez may have crossed over into neighboring Melchor and at some point returned to the Belizean side of the western border.


Maria Escalera

Maria Escalera

“Ih look like ih come back ova, ketch wahn taxi because dehn seh dehn sih ahn get eena wahn taxi, but ih mussi come out and gaan through di lee road weh Hamma show me weh ih go and cross di river back because ih noh have permit, but ih look like he mi fraid fi come ova.  Like how dehn mi done hold ahn and ih gaan back, ih mi fraid fi come ova.  So really, I really noh know. Yoh got wahn lady weh sell rice and beans da Free Zone and she seh up to five o’clock ih mi sih ahn and ih mi kinda nice up and ih mi di dance and ih mi happy.  One spell like ih mi di drop.  But ih mi deh by ihself but just cause yoh know when yoh sihdown da border da dehn picnic table and people come round and people wahn sihdown long wid yo too right.  So ih seh ih mi deh by ihself.”


Persons who saw him socializing say that Nunez was last seen at a bar in an area of the Adjacency Zone known as Champon or No Man’s Land.



“Who identify the body and eena weh way deh find ahn?”


Maria Escalera

“I think da Tremaine and ih pa.  No, Tremaine because Ms. Hall call we.”



“But how dehn find ahn?”


Maria Escalera

“Well he noh talk to me yet, ih pa noh talk to me yet fu seh how ih mi look.”



“How ih know that da he da ih son?”


Maria Escalera

“Because ih got tattoo pan ih hand, Robert.  And di police down ya mi know that ih have tattoo pan ih hand because I tell ahn and ih had wahn rosary cross pan ih neck back and ih had wahn crown.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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