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Apr 24, 2014

Franks Eddy resident missing; he was last seen in police custody

Manuel Acevedo

A resident of Franks Eddy Village remains missing tonight and friends and family are concerned about his whereabouts since he was last seen in police custody four days ago. It is unclear whether Guatemalan national, Manuel Acevedo, is dead or alive. Despite an ongoing investigation in which Belmopan Police say they were initially unaware of, Acevedo is wanted for unlawful carnal knowledge. On Easter Sunday, residents formed a search party and combed the area where Roaring Creek police say they left him, but that effort was futile. News Five’s Duane Moody visited the village today and has that story.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Residents living in Franks Eddy Village, off the George Price Highway, are tonight up in arms because one of their own is missing. Manuel Acevedo, a Guatemalan national living in Belize with his ten children and wife for some time now, was involved in an altercation on Easter Sunday near Excel Shop & Bar in the village. From all witness accounts, Acevedo was viciously assaulted by an eighteen year old, who is also of the village.  The event was witnessed by Acevedo’s nephew, Alex Guerra.


Alex Guerra, Nephew of Missing Man (Translated)

“I went to the Excel Shop to go buy. While entering the shop, I saw that “Tono” Melendez was behaving very aggressive. He approached and punched me in the face. I told him I have never had a problem with you so calm down. As I was leaving, my uncle was coming with his son on a bicycle to buy as well. “Tono” Melendez advanced at him and took a big stick and began hitting my uncle repeatedly. My uncle fell to the ground and he continued hitting him. My uncle then took a piece of bring and in self-defense, hit “Tono” with it in an effort to calm him down. And then my uncle fled because he didn’t want more problems with him.”


Police were called in…and this is where it gets convoluted. Acevedo was placed inside the back of a police pickup truck where residents, including members of the village council, were told by the officers that Acevedo would be taken to the Western Regional Hospital to be treated for the injuries he had sustained. Acevedo never reached and neither was he detained by police.


Lucia Caal

Lucia Caal, Secretary, Franks Eddy Village Council

“When the police came, they saw him and we said to the police that he is the one that is bleeding. The police said to them, oh you is the one that is giving trouble. Ih say the bwai, Byron Melendez, hit me on my head and I need medical attention. We tell the police that he is the one that is bleeding, but the police told him that you are wanted.  They took the man and placed him in the back, but they said that he is not arrested; just let’s take him to the hospital. They took him and after they took him like fifteen to twenty minutes we, my dad and others gone to the hospital to see if Manuel Acevedo is there. I went in the hospital and I asked the doctor if you see Manuel Acevedo and he said no, I am here from seven o’clock and I don’t see no name of Manuel Acevedo. The police didn’t take him there. Then we said something is going wrong so we went to the Belmopan police station and no Manuel Acevedo is there.”


Rudy Escobar, Chairman, Franks Eddy Village

“Dehn send we to the Roaring Creek Police Station and they tell we that also the man noh deh deh. When we reach there, we see the same police weh ker the man to the hospital? Dehn say dehn left the man dah the junction and we tell them we noh see the man right there, but dehn sure that dehn left the man dah the junction. We noh take too long, we come back again and we stop by the junction and started to holler the man name, Manuel Acevedo hard.”


They’ve checked with his relatives in Guatemala and in Ladyville and he has not turned up. So where is Acevedo? Villagers are concerned because it’s been four days since he was last seen leaving with the officers attached to the Roaring Creek Police Station.


Rudy Escobar

Rudy Escobar

“From my thinking, maybe the man dead because from the time to report this is seventy-two hours. After seventy-two hours, somebody missing means that the man dead because the man supposed to come already. If they left the man dah di junction, it should not take too long. The most he can take from walking from the junction to here is twenty-five minutes. Also he has his kids right here, his wife, his family. He has to work to maintain his sons and ih wife.”


Alex Guerra

Alex Guerra (Translated)

“My question is where did the officers leave my uncle because they are responsible for his whereabouts. That is the responsibility of the authorities.”


According to Officer Commanding the Belmopan Police Formation, Assistant Superintendent Sinquest Martinez, Acevedo was wanted by police for unlawful carnal knowledge. Martinez says that the incident is of concern to the department and an investigation has since been launched. Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Franks Eddy resident missing; he was last seen in police custody”

  1. alberto lagos says:

    three things…one,he should be on on police custody if he was wanted by the police.two he should be at the hospital for the injures received and three he may be dead and who is the responsible THE POLICE! yes THE POLICE and no body else I personally never will believe that the police will gentle leave the man where they said leave him that not make any sense.PEOPLE do not be naive and make sure this matter is properly investigated.

  2. H@tari says:

    This is RIDICULOUS!!! If this has really gone down like reported, then the police have some big questions to answer. Where exactly did the police leave this man? There seems to be more to this story . . .

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