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May 5, 2022

The Decomposing Body of Emir Cansino Junior is Found

Emir Cansino Jr.

A family’s worst fear was confirmed this afternoon, when a search party looking for missing Belize City resident Emir Cansino Junior discovered his body off the John Smith Link Road. The body was already in a state of decomposition and there were multiple apparent gunshot wounds. The scene was tense and emotions were running high as the large group of family and friends broke down, despite getting closure. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Emir Cansino Sr.

Emir Cansino Sr., Father of Deceased

“It tough to find your loved one ina this kinda situation where they treat yo loved one like wah dog. Dehn say yo noh know until it reach yo doorstep so now dah just fi – thank God yo get wah closure to do the burial and give him a better, lay him to rest.”


Duane Moody

Duane Moody (Standup)

We’re here on the John Smith Link Road in Belize District where just around two p.m. today, the decomposed body of Emir Cansino Junior was discovered by family and friends who created a search party and were out here for the last two days. Police and Scenes of Crime personnel are currently on the scene processing the site. For a second day in a row, searches were held following tips that family and friends had received since the twenty-year-old went missing after the Park Fest. Today, the strategy was different and the search team split into groups to comb the Vista Del Mar and Eight Miles communities. But it was vultures circling above the area off the John Smith Link Road that led them to the gruesome discovery.


Jose Espat

Jose Espat, Family Friend

“To avoid contaminating the scene I didn’t go in direct; I went around the scene where it is grass to avoid contaminating any footprints or anything. The body remained untouched – nobody touched the body. I asked the father, my friend, to come along the same path I took and he identified his son. And the family broke down obviously; it is a severe hurt. It’s a gruesome scene. I don’t want to go into details out of respect to the deceased. He is fully clothed.”


Duane Moody

“…basically in the same clothes that he was in…”


Jorge Espat

“Correct. The only thing I can say which is obvious, and everybody has seen it, there are a very considerable amount of apparent gunshot wounds.


According to Emir Cansino Senior, surveillance footage collected so far contradicts the narrative that was initially shared about his son’s whereabouts on the morning of May second. Cansino Senior says several persons are currently in police detention.


Emir Cansino Sr.

“We were at the station this morning and they tell we that they done have the people who they figured did it. Only dehn know who did it and it look like dah gunshot that dehn shot up ahn and make ih walk into the area and dehn shoot up ahn right there.”


Duane Moody

“So suspects have been detained?”


Emir Cansino Sr.

“They have people already detained for this.

the camera show we that he was standing with some friends at that location. They said they were supposed to get more footage to see how furthermore ih mi reach and which vehicle ih mi get ina.”



“So that last sighting happened at what time?”


Emir Cansino Sr.

“Well to the video footage that we see was 4:03 in the morning.”



“So that goes against the initial report that he went on bike?’


Emir Cansino Sr.

“Everything was just a story to district – to throw off the police and us.”


The father maintains that his son was not a troublemaker and was loved by the entire community.


Emir Cansino Sr.

“He was my junior and he had the same attitude cause everybody used to buck me and say bwai your son dah just like you. He could see me four years after and still remember my face. Always happy, give the girls dehn a hug and same way. So dah mi somebody well known, dah mi neva wah troublemaker; ih just had ih own lifestyle of how he want to be.”


The body was retrieved from the area and taken to the medical institution on the Boom Hattieville Road where a postmortem was conducted. Duane Moody for News Five.

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