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Jul 17, 2013

Body of missing Belmopan resident found on road

Jose Ummana

A taxi driver from the Belmopan area disappeared over the past weekend. The father of a four year old daughter went missing after a fare hired him on Saturday morning while he was stationed within close proximity of his wife’s stall at the Belmopan market. Jose Ummana’s wife says he had a habit of calling her, but he didn’t after he left the area with a passenger. Tonight her worst fears have been confirmed. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.



Jose Sanchez

“The Belmopan Market is a place of daily hustle. Hundreds pass through the market every day. But one of its regulars is not here. Forty Five year old Jose Ummana a cab drive, picked up a passenger at about 11:30 on Saturday. He hasn’t been seen since.”


Lucia Aleman, Wife of Jose

“He is a person good for me because I noh see this man no time on the road. This is a person weh 8pm is the latest time when he reached home. So that day when that happen…”


Jose Sanchez

“When did he go missing?”


Lucia Aleman

Lucia Aleman

“Saturday was the day when I saw him. He came right here and then he gaan dah the taxi place.  I see one person gaan ina the car and fifteen minutes after that I phone him and he noh answer the phone. Then after one when I phone him back, the phone was off bout eight o’clock the night I phone he and I tell him about Jose. And then he tell me maybe he is somewhere but then I tell him Jose is a person weh never reach late home, Jose never miss home, seven years and Jose never off the phone so why one day he will come and off the phone. So I say something gaan on then I phone he again if he noh see him he say no I phone another taxi man to see if he noh see ah to he said no too. So the next day I come to station I make a report.”


Jose Sanchez

“Ummana’s wife says he’s not the sort of person who would simply

run off and now some people believe that it may be foul play.”


That is because the taxi, a rental, was found along a dirt road in Ontario Village.



Lucia Aleman

“The car was right there parked on the side of the road. In this place named Ontario Village. “It’s an inside road that they have. The car noh have damage it just have the stereo where they move it off and that’s it weh th car have. I don’t know where he gets it or where they took him or what they did with him; I have no idea.”


Jose Sanchez

“Did anybody get a good look at the last passenger he took in his car that day?”


Lucia Aleman

“I don’t know, the person that went into the car for the last day came right here. The person bought two big yellow apples, two guava from the neighbor and two cokes from the next neighbors.  I see the person gone to car and maybe he asked him for taxi because it’s very far. Ina the vehicle no they just found where the stereo weh move and that’s it. But the people from that village Ontario they say that two person were in the car and they stopped in the bar and the owner for the car Jose he never move from they and the two boys come out and buy. They people know the face from the two guys that were in the car.”


She sits holding his ID card hoping for good news. But late this evening, the police recovered his corpse on the George Price Highway, near Guadeloupe High School.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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1 Response for “Body of missing Belmopan resident found on road”

  1. Belmopan' voice up says:

    I am sharing some of what i had being hearing all these days. One of my friend he is a Hispanic taxi driver. He told me once that working as a taxi diver was an issue aroundbecause some of the other creole taxi driver was jealous and they like to send dead treats to the hispanic taxi driver. They would insult passenger that they are bushy and races because they prefer riding taxi with hipanic person. When you think about it, these are the same people that are working around would like to harm, and don’t know when that biggest night would follow you. Belizean peoples are full of hate, jealousy, delightful , mean selfish , and would end your life for no reason.

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