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Jul 18, 2013

Cab Driver was murdered

Jose Maria Aguilar Umana

The police department has confirmed that a cab driver who went missing on the job has been murdered. Forty Five year old Jose Maria Aguilar Umana disappeared on July seventeenth. At four-fifteen on Wednesday afternoon, his partially decomposed body was found in the “new housing area” off the George Price Boulevard in Belmopan City.  How he was murdered is still unknown. News Five spoke to his wife Lucia Aleman, hours before his body was found on Wednesday.


Lucia Aleman, wife of Jose Maria Umana [File: July 18th, 2013]

“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

“Umana’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.”


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.”


Lucia Aleman

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.”

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1 Response for “Cab Driver was murdered”

  1. Al says:

    A man killed just for a car stereo, unbelievable. I hope when these two are found they are not just let go to walk free. So sad that a hard working person is not safe to provide for their family and earn an honest living.
    Please reshape the justice system to deal with these senseless crimes.

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