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#501247 - 02/19/15 12:08 PM Two bodies found in shallow grave in North AC
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Authorities on Ambergris Caye are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of two bodies found in a shallow grave. They were found sometime around 11:40AM about 11 miles north of San Pedro Town on Wednesday, February 18th. Police have confirmed their identity as Benjamin Molina and Selvino Chi, both originally from the Corozal District. According to police the two were reported missing earlier today and police visited the area where they were last seen.

Investigators were led to a blood trail and upon searching the area, they came across a shallow grave. The grave was located about 150 feet away from the beach in a bushy area. While police have not released any further details, they believe it may be drug related. Police have not stated the condition of the bodies but said they were in a single grave about one and a half feet deep.

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#501249 - 02/19/15 12:16 PM Re: Two bodies found in shallow grave in North AC [Re: Marty]
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Missing Men Found in Shallow Grave on Ambergris Caye Hours After Report

There is a grisly double homicide making headlines tonight, following the discovery of a pair of bodies inside a shallow grave eleven miles north of San Pedro Town. The bodies were found sometime before midday today in an overgrown area. While a motive for the murders remains unknown, authorities on the island strongly believe that the execution of Benjamin Molina and Selvino Chi may be drug-related, since that area of Ambergris Caye is frequented by beach combers, or playadores, in search of wet drops.

According to police, missing persons reports were filed for both men earlier today. When investigators visited the area where Molina and Chi were last seen, they were led to a bloody trail. Upon conducting a search of the vicinity they happened upon a single grave, a foot and a half deep, approximately one hundred and fifty feet away from the beach. San Pedro police have not released further details besides the fact that both men are originally from the Corozal District.

The murders of Molina and Chi are eerily reminiscent to that of fifty-six-year-old Santiago Trapp who was also killed and buried in a shallow grave fourteen miles up the coast in August 2014. Trapp, believed to have been butchered by playadores in the Basil Jones area, had been stabbed numerous times and his camp set on fire. Police on the island have been tightlipped on how they were tipped off on the whereabouts of the bodies unearthed today.

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#501280 - 02/19/15 08:05 PM Re: Two bodies found in shallow grave in North AC [Re: Marty]
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Autopsies Performed on Two Bodies Found in Shallow Grave, Ambergris Caye

Today, Thursday, February 19, 2015, the bodies of 23-year-old Benjamin Molina and 41-year-old Sylvin Chi are undergoing an autopsy as a forensics team arrived from Belize City to conduct the procedure on the bodies that were in a second stage of decomposition.

Due to bad weather conditions on Wednesday, February 18, only preliminary observations were conducted on site and the bodies were brought to town the following day. Police have confirmed that both men had a single gunshot wound to the head and were both buried in the same grave next to each other. After the post mortem examination, authorities will bury the bodies at the southern cemetery of Ambergris Caye. The families of the deceased have been contacted and will be present for the burial.

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#501296 - 02/20/15 11:27 AM Re: Two bodies found in shallow grave in North AC [Re: Marty]
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Execution-style Murder In Northern Ambergris Caye: Is It Drug-related?

Benjamin Molina & Selvin Chi

There is another police investigation ongoing…Two men from the Corozal District who relocated to the island of San Pedro in search of a better life were found murdered on Wednesday morning. Their bodies were buried in a shallow grave, eleven miles north of the town, which has become a hot bed for narco-trafficking. When police followed a blood trail and pulled out freshly planted coconut trees, they made the grisly discovery. Duane Moody was in San Pedro today and spoke to the grieving families. 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The island of San Pedro is considered a haven for both local and international tourists. But that picture is quickly shattering because of crime. Just after noon on Wednesday, San Pedro police unearthed the bodies of two men. Forty-one year old Selvin Chi and twenty-three year old Benjamin Molina were brutally killed and buried in a shallow grave in a remote area on the north side of the island. The men had been beaten before they were executed. Although he had visible injuries to the upper body, Chi was killed by a shot to the back of the head with a nine-millimeter gun. Molina, on the other hand, it is believed was the last to be killed; his shoulder was dislocated and a shotgun to the top of his head was used to snuff the life out of him.

Luis Castellanos

Supt. Luis Castellanos, O.C., Coastal Executive Unit

“Fifty yards into nearby bushes from the beach side, they found what appeared to be a shallow grave. As a result the police dug the grave and they found the lifeless bodies of two persons who we later identified to be that of Selvin Chi and Benjamin Molina.  What we observed from both persons, it appears that they both received firearm injuries to their heads. So far the investigation is still young and we are trying to figure out what happened with these two gentlemen.”

Duane Moody

“Sir we understand that these bodies had various degrees of bruising like if they were beaten. Can you confirm this?”

Supt. Luis Castellanos

“That is correct. One of the persons, in particular Mister Selvin Chi, he appeared to have bruises in the right upper part of his body. The other gentleman, Mister Benjamin Molina, his right hand appeared to have been dislocated.”

The discovery was made by a search party, including police officers and coast guard personnel, who combed the area located eleven miles north of the town. It came following a report made by a coworker earlier on Wednesday stating that the men went out looking for coconuts, but did not return.

Supt. Luis Castellanos

“On February the eighteenth at about eleven thirty a.m., a gentleman by the name of Jose Wagner, fifty-one year old caretaker who lives in the north part of San Pedro, mile eleven more or less…visited the station and reported that two of his coworkers had gone missing since the seventeenth of February, 2015 at five a.m.  He indicated that they left to pick up coconuts and up to the time of him making the report, they did not return. As a result of his report, we visited the area where they found about the eleven and a half mile they found what appeared to be blood.”

Both men, originally from Corozal, were living on the island for some time now. Today, family members gathered at the cemetery several miles outside the town where autopsies were performed on the bodies of the men before being buried. Due to the lack of a morgue on the island, the bodies were kept overnight in makeshift coffins filled with ice behind the police station. The families are asking for justice.

Ornildo Jones

Ornildo Jones, Father of Benjamin Molina

“I tell him son, why are you going for that? You are going to work with me tomorrow, which was Monday. And he said no dad; I have to go for this cause that is seven hundred dollars. That’s why I gave him the hundred and fifty dollars. I tell him son go through then, drink some beers. And he went.  They didn’t take me up there to see him, but when he came, as I saw his face, I opened the box and everything at the police station. I saw a bullet wound here, a big hole here and an opened big hole over this side. And his hand was kinda broke up and his face was awful, you know.”

Margarita Chi

Margarita Chi, Sister of Selvin Chi

“I asked them why dehn needed an identification and they said that it was because of some bodies that they found up the coast. So I told them that I don’t have any. So they tell me that a member of the family needed to go with them to identify the body. My older brother Calvin went with them.  I tell him he is stupid to go up the coast, use your brains. Dehn kinda people use unu sprang-head because when unu find things weh unu want, dehn kill unu and dash unu like dog anywhere and nobody know. but I tell ahn dehn wah do wah big mistake cause you dah my bredda. I noh want hear nothing about coconut because when I gone dah Mister Moses house fi gone look fi he identification….if Mister Moses noh involve ina this, how he know all ah dehn details?”

Ornildo Jones

“I know you guys can put this in the media and ask for justice on my behalf please. If not, I’m going to take justice on my hands and they won’t like it.”

The remote area in the northern part of San Pedro is known for illegal activity and is frequented by beach combers looking for wet drops. And while police did not confirm a motive for the crime, they believe that it may have been drug related.

Supt. Luis Castellanos

“I wouldn’t be able to comment on that—if they were involved in drugs or not. The caretaker indicated that they went out to pick up coconuts in order for them to do coconut oil. However, we know that the area is a known area for drug peddlers who we call them playadores or in the English term would be beach combers.”

No one has been detained in connection with this double murder. Duane Moody for News Five.

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#501300 - 02/20/15 12:10 PM Re: Two bodies found in shallow grave in North AC [Re: Marty]
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Two Found Slain On Northern Ambergris

Drug related Violence continues to plague northern Ambergris Caye - and this time, it has resulted in two more dead men.

The police medical examiner had to conduct an onsite post mortem today on the bodies which were found in very shallow graves before midday yesterday at an area 11 and a half miles north of San Pedro Town. The two men, have since been identified as 41 year-old Selvin Chi and 23 year-old Benjamin Molina.

They were reported missing by 51 year-old Jose Wagner who lives half a mile from where they were found. He told police that at about 5:00 a.m. yesterday, both men - who are his co-workers - left his house to go collect coconuts, for their coconut oil enterprise. They never came back and he called the police who came upon a blood trail about five hours later. Police intensified their search in the area of the blood trail, and that's when they discovered the bodies of both men.

Today, Superintendent Hilberto Romero discussed the case with the media:

Supt. Hilberto Romero - OC, CIB Eastern Division
"San Pedro police visited an area 11 miles south of San Pedro where they found the body of Selvin Chi and Benjamin Molina in a shallow grave. The doctor is presently in San Pedro conducting those post mortems and the information the police has gathered is that they went to that area to do some sort of work. They were not found after. A missing person report was made which led the other persons to conduct searches and as a result they discovered these persons in a shallow grave."

Daniel Ortiz
"Are you able to tell us if they suffered injuries, violence?"

Supt. Hilberto Romero - OC, CIB Eastern Division
"Yes, they had gunshot injuries."

Daniel Ortiz
"What is the police in San Pedro seen so far in relation to the death of these two men? It is drug related?"

Supt. Hilberto Romero - OC, CIB Eastern Division
"Again, we have investigators out there. Additional police personnel was sent there today and they are conducting that investigation. At this time that is the only information we have, that they went there to do some sort of work and never return and were reported missing."

Both men were murdered execution-style, each shot to the head. At this time, police say there have no concrete leads on. Of important note is that the area where they were found is well-known for the increased drug activity where playadors - or beach combers - go searching for cocaine wet drops day and night.

The line of inquiry, at this time, is that these men may have seen or found something, and this is why they were killed.

Police have records of Selvin Chi for charges ranging from possession of pipe to drug trafficking, so they have encountered him before. In the case of Benjamin Molina, police believe that he may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is originally from Corozal Town, and his mother reported to them that he recently left his home to go to San Pedro where he met up with Chi and Wagner, presumably for the coconut oil business.

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#501575 - 02/26/15 07:51 PM Re: Two bodies found in shallow grave in North AC [Re: Marty]
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No leads on the murder of Sylvin Chi and Benjamin Molina
San Pedro Police have no leads in the double murder of 41-year-old Sylvin Chi and 23-year-old Benjamin Molina that occurred on Wednesday, February 18th, 11 miles north of San Pedro Town. The men’s bodies were found in a single grave about one and a half feet deep, about 50 yards from the beachside. Police found the grave by following what appeared to be remnants of blood in nearby bushes on the north side of the road. While police are not sure for the reason for the murder, they believe it to be drug related as the area is known to be trafficked by beach combers looking for drugs (playadores). San Pedro Police have no leads in the double murder of 41-year-old Sylvin Chi and 23-year-old Benjamin Molina that occurred on Wednesday, February 18th, 11 miles north of San Pedro Town. The men’s bodies were found in a single grave about one and a half feet deep, about 50 yards from the beachside. Police found the grave by following what appeared to be remnants of blood in nearby bushes on the north side of the road. While police are not sure for the reason for the murder, they believe it to be drug related as the area is known to be trafficked by beach combers looking for drugs (playadores).


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