The human remains found yesterday morning on a farm located off the Guinea Grass Road in Orange Walk have been identified and with that came the worst nightmare for a mother who reported her son missing days ago. The remains were identified as those of 23 year old Luis Enrique Moreno. And while Marcel Moreno had to endure the heartache of identifying her son’s remains, authorities are now tasked to solve or discover the circumstances surrounding his death. Reporter Maria Novelo and Video Journalist Jesus Melgar have been following this story from the onset and filed the following report.
Maria Novelo – Reporting
Marcela Moreno’s worst fear of her missing son was confirmed today when she positively identified her son’s skeletal remains at the site in which it was found, a quarter mile in on a farm off the Guinea Grass Road. 23 year old Luis Enrique Moreno, better known as ‘Patch’, was last seen by his mom on Wednesday February 5th, when as she recalled, he was in a jovial mood. Little did she know it would be the last time she would see her son alive.
In the morning early he come eat and bathe and we were running jokes and thing and he told me what are you worrying about I soon will death he told me and I told him no say that not even in a joke no say that, and he said anyway hold on my birth paper and then I going out so and I tell him mine yourself I tell him like that and before he gone he said watch my birth paper good and my next daughter tell me that she was fifteen when I had him and I tell her yes I was fifteen and I was young but the she said on the side of your dad on the birth paper blank so I tell her no worry about that I am your mother and your father together so you no have to worry about that and then he said mother I love you he said I tell him I love you too but just take care of yourself and don’t get into problem because you know how them police stand as they see you, you are the black sheep and blame you for any little thing so just keep out of their hands I tell him like that because long time they don’t lock up him and I felt proud because long time they no lock him up because when he missing right there they have him so I wasn’t worry but I said two days done pass through, three days pass and I don’t see him so I said this is too much my son don’t go too long and don’t tell me or don’t come around and I start to worry and I done use to every morning he coming to bather or ask me if I got something to eat and I see he don’t come.”
And while Forensic Pathologist Dr. Mario Estradaban conducted an onsite post mortem examination on the remains, a grief stricken Moreno, accompanied by her other son, was allowed to confirm Luis’s identity. According to Superintendent Dennis Arnold, Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Police Formation, the attire was key in making the identification.
“I just want for everybody when they see this news that if they know something or see something about my son please call the police station and or call me my number is 621-4371 because I love my kids and I wouldn’t want the worst to happen when I am here, my mother just gone to the States and she cried yesterday that she didn’t see her grandson, he is the only grandson she didn’t see yet and she gone to the State and half of my life gone, my mother never abandon me when she gone with my sister at States and she wanted to see him so bad. Or contact the police station because I need to be satisfied that I see my son because I love him so much and no matter what they criticize him or say about him that is my son I love him so much and I just want to see him and if they would come an give a bad news God just have to give me the strength to face it.”
Dalila Ical – Reporter
“Do you know if he is involve in any problems with anybody, anything that probably you would suspicious about?”
“No, he doesn’t tell me anything about his personal life. Enrique Moreno and I really miss him because he has nine days today and I don’t know if he living or he is death or nothing because I don’t know nothing.”
Dalila Ical – Reporter
“He never stayed this long?”
“Never, never and he likes to hang about all around and he doesn’t stay here because he likes to give trouble.”
And after Estradabans findings have been concluded, there is a possibility that authorities will be upgrading the case as Orange Walk’s second Homicide for 2014. Still, as the Moreno family mourns the death of their loved one, more questions than answers remain in what many call a mysterious incident.
After the identification process was concluded, the family took Luis’s remains in a coffin to be buried in an unascertained location.
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