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Screen_Shot_2017-05-02_at_8.07.22_PMThe case of initial disappearance which has now turned into cold-blooded murder involving two foreign nationals here in Belize has gotten the steep interest of the international media, and you would expect there is mounting pressure to find answers. We turned to the Corozal Police who have had to change gears swiftly from looking for missing persons to investigating a double homicide. Officer in Charge of Corozal Police, Senior Superintendent Dennis Arnold, shared that while the authorities have detained one person for questioning, their information is that one of the victims had not reported that threats had been made against her.


Reporter


“Are there any suspects?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“We have one person that we believe that he can assist us in our investigation.”


Reporter


“Is that person in custody?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“So far yes”


Reporter


“Is he a local?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“I rather not say.”


Reporter


“Is there any indication that theft was a motive, was there anything missing from the vehicle or the individual, and maybe has any personal effect such as a wallet or money on them?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“At this point in time we could ascertain but what I could say that the female had on her jewellery but to say that theft was a motive we cannot say at this time.”


Reporter


“But are there still personal effects in the vehicle?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“The vehicle was clean and the battery was gone also.”


Reporter


“Ok so there at least something stolen from the vehicle, which is the battery we know that and other items maybe?”

 

OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“On that note I cannot say.”


Reporter


“Was the male found with a wallet in his clothing or any type of money?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“At this time I cannot say.”


Reporter


“Now looking at it their homes have not been burglarized or anything to that effect?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“No, no, we are looking at some treats that were made and that’s all to it so far”


Reporter


“You said threats were made towards the female can you say how recent those threats were made?”


OC Dennis Arnold – Corozal Police Department Branch


“No I cannot say.”


Screen_Shot_2017-05-02_at_8.07.10_PMArnold explained that while Matus was found with her jewellery on her, the couple’s cell phones have not been found.

Matus and Devoursney were last seen by friends socialising at Scotty’s Bar Crocodile Cove located on 1st Avenue on Tuesday night. They left the restaurant and bar around 11:00pm enroute to Matus’ residence on Consejo Road and that was the last time anyone heard from them.


Matus was scheduled to leave Belize for Canada on Wednesday morning, but she never made her flight. Her passports and luggage was found in her home intact.


Since Thursday, their friends carried out a massive search by land and air throughout the villages surrounding Corozal Town, but those did not yield any results. Upon finding the vehicle abandoned in the cane field, fears that something very bad had happened to them increased significantly.


We will be following this case very closely and report on updates.

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