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Jul 8, 2013

Matthew Gonzales, missing for 2 years

Matthew Gonzales

Last Wednesday, we told you about twenty year old Jareth Bainton, a resident of Perez Road in Ladyville, who was reported missing by his mother.  Family and friends of the young man feared that he may have suffered a similar fate as that of twenty year old Alvin Pascascio, who was found dead near Vista del Mar a few days after being reported missing.  Fortunately for Diana Bainton, who was reunited with her son on Sunday, the story of Jareth’s disappearance did not end in tragedy.  But, for Violet Jones, the mother of Matthew Gonzales, who was reported missing in San Pedro over two years ago, she is no closer to finding resolution in the sudden departure of her only son.  Despite unearthing skeletal remains believed to be that of Matthew, a DNA analysis is necessary to confirm the finding.  According to the mother, the police department assured her that the bones would be sent abroad for testing.  It has been several months since and nothing has been done to bring closure to the case.


Via phone: Violet Jones, Mother of Matthew Gonzalez

Violet Jones

“On January twenty-seventh, my son went missing in San Pedro and since January, I went and made a formal complaint on the eleventh which I got a call on the ninth of January that my son was missing. So I went to San Pedro on the ninth of January and I made a formal report to officer McColluck. At that time, it was Mister Arnold working at San Pedro department. Ever since then, we never had no answer from the police department. Every time I call them, they push me around, push me around; we noh have no answer none at all. In this year, April, I think it was April di fourteenth, dehn come over the remains of a human body in San Pedro. An officer called me—I was at a farm with my daughter on the Hummingbird Highway—the officer called me from San Pedro, I got up and I came to Belize City where I met with one of the forensic officers from San Pedro. Dehn swabbed me and dehn ask me for his father. I tell them that his father lived in States. they asked me if ih had a brother or sister that was biological—same mother, same father—I tell ahn yes. So I called mi daughter. Mi daughter came up and we gone and ih get the swab done in San Pedro. I did mine in Belize, she did hers in San Pedro…me and both of my daughters went to San Pedro. Isani, we get the remains of the bone, we watch the bones and everything. The police dehn tell us that they are going to send the bones out to Jamaica for DNA analysis. I sat down and I wait and I wait and the police department didn’t call me no more after that. Anytime I called for officer Castellanos, the head of the police department in San Pedro, nobody answers—either he is in a meeting or he is not in or he is in Belize City. So I went ahead and this week, I called and they told me, Miss Jones is in Belize—she is the forensic officer. I come and I gone talk to Miss Jones and she told me, Violet, I noh have no answer to give yo. I called San Pedro the week before that, I’m sorry, and wah police officer told me. Ih say ma’am the bones are in Belize City dah the forensic lab in Ladyville; ih noh gone no way yet. Ih say dehn need fifteen hundred dollars fi send out the bone. Isani, I noh have no money to send no bones. That’s not my case; that’s the police case.”

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1 Response for “Matthew Gonzales, missing for 2 years”

  1. thetruthaboutforensics says:

    This is absolutely embarrassing for a country who’s prime minister said in a press conference back in September 2011 that they had ‘secured funding for a DNA lab’ and that they had started building that lab. But they are now sending samples to Jamaica?? AND it costs over $1000 to process? They have no idea how the could be investing that money in the building of their own lab. Processing a sample in their own lab could reduce that cost by at least a third. Additionally, there is no real need to collect the sister’s sample (in the absence of the father) if the mother’s sample has been collected. This just adds more money to the total cost. If a brother’s sample was present, they could definitely do Y-STR testing. BELIZE – WHERE IS THE MONEY THAT WAS PROMISED FOR THE DNA LAB??????????

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