Police are tonight investigating the homicide of 64 year old Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford who was found in the western part of Belmopan on Sunday evening, about 3/4 of a mile from La Chosa bar. The case is of special interest as De La Rosa Stanford worked as Chargé d'affaires for the Embassy of Panama in Belmopan and the white Nissan automobile with diplomatic license plates that was assigned to him, is missing yet his personal belongings were found on him. When authorities found his body around four yesterday they observed cut wounds to his neck and head but have not released much information about the incident.
According to international media, the President of Panama has made his private presidential plane available for his family members to come to Belize and retrieve his body. The government of that country is reportedly also sending a delegation to Belize comprised of its police personnel to assist in the investigations.
De La Rosa has worked as a diplomat for 39 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama. He has worked in Canada, Bolivia, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Israel. His body was scheduled for a post mortem exam this afternoon. It has not been established if De La Rosa Stanford was killed in the area where his body was found, or if he was murdered somewhere else and his body was simply disposed in the area where it was found.
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