The death of two foreign nationals as a result of two separate homicides that occurred only two weeks apart from each other, has given Belize a black eye by international media and has raised major concerns by the Belize Tourism Board as thirty nine year old Anne Elizabeth Swaney, American national and Executive producer of ABC7, was murdered while vacationing here in Belize.
Yesterday in a press conference Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, indicated that police are still investigating the matter but apparently the United States is not just going to sit back and wait for an answer as they have already sent federal agents to assist in the investigation of Swaney’s murder. The owner of the resort was interviewed by the FBI and he then walked them through the scene and pathway of Swaney’s final morning.
Authorities are waiting on lab tests and are considering to ask the FBI for help when it comes to the forensic work.
At the time of the incident Swaney was staying at the Nabitunich Resort and had gone out to do some yoga in the morning but never returned after that. She was reported missing by the owner of the resort at around 5:00 p.m. but it was not until the following day that her body was discovered floating in the Mopan River at around 8:00 in the morning. A post mortem examination revealed that Swaney died from Asphyxia due to compression to the neck area, strangling and blunt force traumatic injuries to the head and neck region.
On Friday, police took a male person into custody who was reported to have been fishing in the area and appeared as suspicious to authorities. However, yesterday twenty four year old Victor Manuel Menjivar, a native of Guatemala from Melchor de Mencos was arrested and charged for entering illegally in Belize. He was not charged with the murder of Swaney but remains in police custody for questioning.
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