Her Excellency Sandra Rosales-Abella, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras, was in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, January 29, 2015, to attend an emergency meeting with the Honduran community of the island after learning about the improper burial procedures taken on the body of murdered Honduran national Silvia del Carmen Benitez.
Twelve days after Benitez was murdered and buried three and a half miles north of San Pedro, her body was exhumed upon the requests of the Honduran community of Ambergris Caye after they contacted the Honduran Embassy.
At the meeting held at the Lion’s Den with concerned members of the Honduran community and invited friends, Ambassador Rosales-Abella expressed her utmost discontent at the way authorities of the island handled the murder investigations and burial of the body of Silva Benitez. According to her, it is the responsibility, by law, of the local authorities (police and Town Council) to report any death of a Honduran national to her Embassy. In fact, she clearly stated that, any death of a foreign resident on the island should be reported to the respective embassy and/or consul.
Benitez’s body was exhumed during the early morning hours of Friday, January 30, 2015, and was given a proper burial at the cemetery located at the south end of the island. For context, Silvia Carmen Benitez was reported missing since January 13 and her lifeless, partially nude body was found on January 17th in an uninhabited area, about 3 ½ miles north of San Pedro Town. According to the police, she had injuries to the neck and face, but that the cause of death was undetermined. So far, there have been no arrests; she was mother to three children.
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