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#494486 - 08/12/14 05:53 AM Arson leads to discovery of shallow grave
Marty Offline

San Pedro Caretaker Killed & Buried

The lifeless body of fifty-six-year-old Santiago Trapp, a resident of San Pedro, was unearthed from a shallow grave this afternoon by law enforcement officers on Ambergris Caye. On Sunday night, acting on information received, police responded to an arson in the Secreto del Mar area, approximately thirteen and a half miles north of San Pedro. When they arrived, police observed the charred remains of a building owned by Moses Campos, believed to be used as a lookout post by fishermen in the area.

The scene was subsequently processed and upon conclusion confirmed that the structure was deliberately set on fire. Campos, who was reportedly at the scene, was also inquiring about the missing caretaker. Shortly after one o’clock, a team of officers and relatives of Trapp, conducted a search operation, resulting in the discovery of his corpse seventy-five feet away from the beachfront inside a shallow grave. San Pedro police have detained four persons and statements have been taken based on circumstantial evidence.

Channel 5

Arson leads to discovery of shallow grave on northern Ambergris Caye

Police told The Sun that upon receiving information of arson in the Sueño del Mar area located about 13 1/2 miles north of San Pedro Town, they proceeded to the location around 9AM. Upon their arrival, Police noticed charred remains of a building believed to be kept as a lookout post by someone who fishes and camps in the area. The 16×20 wooden structure was built four feet off the ground and had been recently set afire.

The owner was at the location and was questioned about the building. He indicated that he was seeking the building caretaker. Officers processed the scene, and concluded that it was arson, and declared the caretaker officially as a missing person.

Family of the missing person arrived on the scene, and joined the police in conducting a search in the area. At about 1:15PM, about half-a-mile from the burnt building, and about 75ft from the shore, the search party discovered a shallow grave. Police exhumed the body, confirming that it was that of Santiago Trapp, 57 years old and of East Indian descent. There was no sign of decomposition, and family indicated to The San Pedro Sun that they had observed a major cut wound to the neck as well as a gunshot.

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#494515 - 08/12/14 01:53 PM Re: Arson leads to discovery of shallow grave [Re: Marty]
Bear Offline
Moses Campos...wasn't a boat stolen from behind his property in town recently? Not saying it's connected in anyway just a coincidence I suppose.

#494517 - 08/12/14 04:37 PM Re: Arson leads to discovery of shallow grave [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Santiago Trapp killed and buried after his dwelling was burnt down
Police on Ambergris Caye have detained seven men for questioning as part of a murder investigation. 57 year old Santiago Trapp was found in a shallow grave, 75 feet away from the beach and about ½ mile south from where his dwelling was found completely destroyed by fire in the Basil Jones Area. According to a press release from the Belize Police Department, San Pedro Town Police and Coast Guard personnel visited the Basil Jones area located about 13 ½ miles north of San Pedro Town, where a wooden structure belonging to Moses Campos, measuring 16 feet by 20 feet was observed completely burnt to the ground. According to a relative, who asked to remain anonymous for safety purposes, sometime around 8PM on Sunday August 10th, they received a call informing them that the structure Trapp was staying at was under fire. “We contacted police and coordinated to come early the next morning. When we came, the building was totally destroyed and my brother was nowhere to be found.

#494537 - 08/13/14 06:14 AM Re: Arson leads to discovery of shallow grave [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Playadors Commit Murder and Arson On Ambergris?

But first, we report on the murder of 57 year-old man on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Around 1:00 pm yesterday, San Pedro Police and Coast Guard officers went to the Basil Jones area of the Island, which is located some 13 and a half miles away from the Town.

They found a wooden house completely burnt down, and after searching around the surrounding areas, they discovered the body of 57 year-old Santiago William Trapp in a shallow grave half a mile away. He was tied up in a quilt and rigor mortis had not set in, so police believe he was killed about 15 hours before they found him. In a record four hours, a post mortem was conducted on site in the remote area which is only accessible by boat. It found that his throat had been cut - but only after he was beaten and stabbed several times. Police investigators believe that he may have been tortured first.

Why such a cruel end? Well, this area of Ambergris Caye is known for what are called Playador's - Spanish for beach-combers. But these beachcombers aren't looking for shells; they're looking for drugs - the product of wet drops that drug cartels make in Ixcalak Mexico. Numbers of these beach-combers, mostly young men camp out in the area, and scour the beach night and day looking for cocaine parcels to wash up. But, there are two rival groups looking for these wet drops - and they seem to be having a turf war, which is what police believe led to this murder.

Today, we spoke with the commanding officer from San Pedro Police, and he discussed different aspects of the case with us:

Supt. Luis Castellanos, O.C., San Pedro Police
"From Sunday evening about 8 in the night, the family had call me and told me that this gentleman was a missing and they had understood that the house has been burnt. Because it was late in the night and to go to that area was difficult for us so we decide that first thing in the morning for us to depart to that location. We dispatch a team of police officers along with Coat Guard and the family also organized a search team and so the police and the family went to search the area and as a result of that then the family manage to locate the body before the police. We are still investigation. Definitely the building was burnt, so we are looking it as an angle that yes it may be an arson/murder case."

Daniel Ortiz
"Can you describe to us what you guys found on the body to suggest murder?"

Supt. Luis Castellanos, O.C., San Pedro Police
"The body found in a shallow grave about 5 feet deep and about maybe 3 feet in length and he was in a sac bag with a rug - he was wrapped in that and he was covered in the sand. What happen is that the family members, they organized along with the police they conducted searches and they extended themselves in different areas in the area. This family member we understand is the sister of the gentleman. She found an area where she saw some sand on a trunk of a tree and when she placed her feet on it, it sank a little and then she started to kind of clear it out and that's how the gentleman was found. After they dig and confirm apparently he was there - they then call for the police where we then responded to the direct area."

Daniel Ortiz
"Were there any signs of violence on the body?"

Supt. Luis Castellanos, O.C., San Pedro Police
"Yes, from the signs on the body he had a large cut wound on the neck."

Police say that the house that Trapp was the caretaker of was once used a fishing camp, but more recently it has become known as a base for the Playador's.

Channel 7

7 Men Detained in Gruesome San Pedro Murder…

San Pedro police are tonight continuing their investigation into the grisly murder of fifty-seven-year-old Santiago Trapp whose remains were unearthed from a shallow grave in the Basil Jones area, approximately fourteen miles north of town.  The officers, accompanied by coast guard personnel, initially responded to information of a fire at a fishing camp belonging to fifty-year-old Moses Campos.  A search effort to locate the caretaker of the property subsequently led to the discovery of Trapp’s body a half mile away from the damaged structure.  Trapp’s body was observed with multiple stab wounds and his neck completely severed. News Five spoke by phone with Superintendent Luis Castellanos, Officer Commanding San Pedro police.

Supt. Luis Castellanos, O.C., San Pedro Police

“On Monday, the eleventh of August 2014 about eleven a.m., we received information of a scene in San Pedro about thirteen and a half miles north of San Pedro Town. As a result, police visited the area and they saw a wooden structure measuring about sixteen by twenty feet completely burnt to the ground. The initially investigation revealed that the property belongs to Mister Moses Campos, a fifty year old Belizean laborer of San Juan area San Pedro town and it was valued at twenty thousand Belize currency. The caretaker of the place, Santiago Trapp, of the same area, could not be located. As a result police along with the family members conducted a search and whereby one of the family members found a shallow grave in where we found the gentleman.”

Isani Cayetano

Luis Castellanos

“I understand that Mister Trapp’s body was seen with various stab wounds as well as his head was decapitated?”

Supt. Luis Castellanos

“No, he was in a shallow grave that measure about five feet by three feet in width. He was covered in a rug and with some crocus sack and covered with sand. He was taken out of the shallow grave and we did a postmortem on the spot whereby a pathologist from the forensic laboratory and as a result the body was washed because it was filled with sand. Upon observing the body, we noticed that he had two stab wounds to the chest, he had a stab could to the back of the head and his neck had a big gush.”

Isani Cayetano

“I understand as well that several arrests have been made. Can you give us an update as to where you stand regarding that?”

Supt. Luis Castellanos

“No, we haven’t made no arrests, but we have several persons detained for questioning.”

Police have detained seven men, all residents of San Pedro Town, pending investigation of murder.

Channel 5

Severed Head of Caretaker Found on Ambergris Caye

In what was believed to be a case of arson on Ambergris Caye turned out to be far more yesterday when officers came across a severed human head. At around 11am, investigators made their way to the Basil Jones area, just north of the island where they found a twenty thousand dollar wooden structure burnt to the ground that belonged to 50-year-old, Moses Campos of a San Juan area. After observing the burnt structure, investigators set out to locate the caretaker, 57-year-old, Santiago William Trapp, who resided in the home. It was just before two o’clock yesterday afternoon when the search team came across a shallow grave about half of a mile from the burnt structure. In that shallow grave was the headless body believed to be the caretaker. The body and the severed head were retrieved and it was noted that the body bore multiple stab wounds. Trapp was last seen on Sunday at around 9am. San Pedro Police has detained seven men pending investigations.


Man’s family reports him missing, police find him savagely murdered

San Pedro police are following several leads into the death of 57-year-old Santiago Trapp, who was reported missing last week.

San Pedro police have confirmed that the Edwards family reported Trapp missing after he failed to show up in town by Saturday.

On Sunday, members of the family went looking for Trapp in the Basil Jones area where he was the caretaker of a fishing camp, located about 13 miles north of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye.

When they arrived at the fishing camp where Trapp stayed, they discovered that someone had recently set the camp site on fire and Trapp was missing.

The family alerted police that evening of their discovery and on Monday morning San Pedro police mobilized a joint search with the Coast Guard.

The search party discovered the 16’ X 20’ wooden camp, which belonged to Moses Campos, a resident of the San Juan area of San Pedro, completely destroyed by fire. Trapp was still nowhere in sight. Trapp was last seen around 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Police initiated a search that spanned for several miles. At around 1:45 p.m. one of his relatives walked onto a spot which had soft, freshly disturbed and about 3/4 of a mile from the campsite and about 70 feet from the sea. That spot proved to be Trapp’s makeshift grave.

Police told this newspaper that Trapp’s corpse was wrapped in a rug and his neck was so severely slashed that all the vital organs were exposed.

He had also been stabbed twice to the centre of the chest and was apparently beaten prior to death.

Police have detained seven men of San Pedro Town and say that the area where the campsite was based is a hotspot for “wet drops” of cocaine parcels from time to time.

The Reporter


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