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Apr 11, 2022

Missing 15 Year-Old Murdered, Body Found in Cemetery

Daniel Gutierrez

The fifth and last murder recorded over the weekend was that of a fifteen-year-old in Belmopan. Daniel Gutierrez was reported missing by his aunt last Tuesday, and the family began searching for him. Five days later, their worst fears were confirmed – the decomposing body of the teen was found in a cemetery. Gutierrez was murdered. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A gruesome discovery was made on Sunday morning at the Belmopan Cemetery. It was later identified as the decomposing body of fifteen-year-old Daniel Gutierrez.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“Police responded to a scene at the cemetery in the Salvapan area yesterday around 7:42 a.m. where they found the decomposed body of Daniel Gutierrez. We know that Gutierrez was reported missing on Tuesday of last week. His aunt, when she last spoke to him that day.”


Since Tuesday, family members and friends had organized search parties across the community. But as the days passed, hopes of finding him alive grew slim. Daniel was the fifth youngest son of Oswaldo Gutierrez.


Oswaldo Gutierrez

Oswaldo Gutierrez, Father of Deceased

“From Tuesday night, he was supposed to stay dah my ma house right yah. So I mi know he neva mi wah sleep home. And from Tuesday night he neva come back yah and he neva gone dah ih house and ih neva gone dah ina none of my family house. So from there, we start to think that maybe something happen to he. We start to look for him. We tried to remember weh kinda friends he got and we gone check ina them houses and nobody said that they see him. So we know that if they noh know nothing, then something must be wrong.”


Duane Moody

“Who would want your son dead? Did he complain at any point of his life being threatened or anything like that?”


Oswaldo Gutierrez

“Not really. Maybe he neva want tell anybody nothing. It could be he had an enemy out there but he neva tell nobody. Maybe he neva pay it no mind because maybe he neva think something mi wah happen to him so he neva mentioned to nobody nothing.”


The minor had been stabbed to the chest. While there are two persons detained, a motive has not been established as yet.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“He was observed with what appeared to be a stab wound to the left side of his chest. We have two persons detained for questioning in connection with this. And hopefully by the end of today, we could give you an update as to what would happen to the detainees.”



“Any motive?”


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“No as yet. We are working on that.”



“It is believed that he was killed somewhere else and dumped there?”


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“Like I said, we have investigators out there, even today they went back, ot try to establish if that was the original scene where he was killed. We know that the body was decomposed so we would have to do almost a week investigation for us to find out.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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