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Feb 11, 2014

Second suspect in the murder of a Canadian national is murdered in Arenal

Raulito Balona

The second suspect in the highly publicized murder of Canadian missionary, Brian Townsend has been found….not alive, but dead. On Christmas Eve night, Townsend, a Valley of Peace resident, was abducted from his home in the village. He was brutally murdered and his body dumped in the Mopan River on the border with Guatemala near Arenal. Police were unable to track down the main suspects in the murder, two brothers who resided next to Townsend’s home in the village. But now they don’t have to, since the men, Marlon and Raulito Balona, are dead; killed in separate, but violent circumstances. News Five has been able to confirm that Raulito Balona was shot to death in the village of Arenal. It happened sometime within the last thirty hours, and Benque Viejo Police are still getting information from their counterparts. The body of Raulito’s brother, Marlon, was discovered on January nineteenth off a feeder road in La Gracia Village in the Cayo District. He had been bludgeoned to the neck and chest. According to Officer Commanding the Benque Viejo Police Formation, they cannot overlook the fact that both men wanted for the Townsend murder have turned up dead, but at this point it is too soon to establish a connection.


Via Phone: Dinsdale Thompson, O.C., Benque Viejo Police Formation

Dinsdale Thompson

“We have so far contacted the Guatemalan authorities who confirm that yes, Raulito Balona, one of the suspects in Mr. Townsend’s murder has been killed over in Guatemala, Arenal, Guatemala area. We are still talking along with our counterparts in that area. So far we have contacted family members here in Benque Viejo Area who have confirmed the reports as well too.”



“Sir have you been given any indication of how Raulito Balona was killed?”


Via Phone: Dinsdale Thompson

“All that we have here from authorities so far is that Raulito has been shot. That’s the information that we have so far in regards to his killing.”


Brian Townsend


“Sir I know I might be asking for a little bit of speculation but it seems connected that both these brothers were suspects in the murder of Brian Townsend and in the matter of a few weeks both of them are dead. Is your thought process going in the same direction?”


Via Phone: Dinsdale Thompson

“Well we are looking along that line that there could be a possibility of something along the line that you are thinking, however on the other side we know that the Balonas do have run-ins at being violators of law…it is very possible that they have been law-breakers in Belize as well as in Guatemala and that’s why they have ended up getting killed. But our eyes are open to both sides as I have indicated.”


It is not known at this time if the family of Raulito Balona will be bringing his body back to Belize. Although he was born in Belize, he also possessed Guatemalan documents. We’ll have more details as we get them.

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12 Responses for “Second suspect in the murder of a Canadian national is murdered in Arenal”

  1. jay says:

    Those Indians can’t handle their liquor. Known scientific fact! [has to do with genetic intolerance] Then they want to go on a crime spree after they’re loaded. Well, the grim reaper sits quietly and takes notes. And he doesn’t grant extensions.

  2. Dumb Guy says:

    Perhaps a group of good people have come together to ensure justice for Mr. Townsend. Killing Townsend like that was just terrible.

  3. the voice says:

    Finally someone is doing justice with their own hands. If you wait for the law it will never happen. They go to court and in no time out again doing worst things than before. Police know very good what happen but for them its better that they are dead
    . I am wondering the son from the misionary is still in Belize? I hope he is smarter than that.


    dumb guy,becarefull what u say……even i would vengeance his death if i knew the killers..,,,,,,,he was way to a nice guy ,with a great heart to die like that.

  5. macal rivera says:


  6. Belizean Pride says:

    what a better way to say justice is served better than waiting for the law to do anything, since authority is a waste of time. Society cleansing is much better like this, hope the family of the deceased can close the dark chapter.

  7. LOL says:

    Karma is a B*tch

  8. RedBwai says:

    Well justice is served where it is due…like the saying goes…and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth…we all know what happened but can it be proved??…there are guys over in Melchor who u can pay next to little for them to off somebody for you…people right here in Belize take advantage of when they are finished carrying out the job, its back across the border…well case shud be closed already…

  9. Eye in the Sky says:

    Looks like these guys killed the wrong gringo this time. They should rememba lots of Canadians are bad a$$ too.

  10. ese says:

    dum JAY! BALONA IS a spanish title learn the different ethnicity before u start blurting out things like that and blame the wrong ethnicity. mek i guess ur BLACK right. pathetic as usual.

  11. tigereyez says:

    yea JAY! dum fool. since you wana go racial on this, the majority of the crime done in belize is done by the BLACKS. Their lazzy and just want the easy way out now thatz a FACT! I won’t stand by and let you blame the wrong race.

  12. Jack Lash says:

    Uno only call people names over net . .real life uno hide and put down uno head!

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