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American Woman Disappears on Rendezvous Caye #540160
01/21/20 04:38 AM
01/21/20 04:38 AM
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A 48-year-old American woman has been missing for over 60 hours. Alison MacKenzie came to Belize along with her boyfriend Paige Rote last month. The couple intended to stay in the country until May, but on Friday they joined an overnight sailing tour from Caye Caulker that took them and 13 others to beautiful Rendezvous Caye. That's where Alison disappeared.

On Saturday morning at departure time, Rote informed the Boat Captain fro Raggamuffin Tours that Mackenzie was nowhere to be found

Today Sr. Superintendent Hilberto Romero told us that ahead of her disappearance Alison MacKenzie had been drinking.

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, NCIB
"On Saturday police responded to a report at Rendevous Caye situated at 21 miles east of Belize City where Paige Roth reported his girlfriend Alison MacKenzie, 43 years old, missing information is that they arrived on the island on Friday and were camped in tents and she was last seen walking around the island around 10 pm. On Saturday around 6 am Paige Roth reported that when he woke up he could not find his girlfriend and he made this report to the boat captain who then conducted a search of the island and she was not found. Information is that she was drinking on Friday night."

"They were in Caye Caulker prior to arriving at Rendevous Caye and they were at Rendevous Caye on Friday. So they were at Caye Caulker they departed on a tour from there."

Cherisse Halsall:
"Who was the tour Company?"

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero
"Raggamuffin Tours."

"Well these tours operate independently and that is a part of what they provide in those tours they camp on those islands and they stay there for the night. I'm not sure what security measures they have in place but these are isolated islands and they remain there on their own."

"Her personal belongings were found on the island. There is nothing to suggest that any craft or anything is missing at this time."

"Investigators are on the island and searches are being conducted to find out what are the circumstances that led to her disappearance. At this time there's not much to go on and investigators are working on the case."

Cherisse Halsall:
"Sir, is Mr Roth a suspect in her disappearance at this time?"

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero
"I will not call him a suspect. We are conducting an investigation and as we gather the information we will try to ascertain what transpired."

"She came to Belize in December and was to stay up until the month of May 2020."

"The police along with the coast guard will continue with their searches in that general area and if the search needs to be expanded then that will be done during the course of today to see if anything is found."

Allison Mcenzie's sister says she had never seen her drunk a day in her life and she is appealing to the other 13 passengers who must have seen something. We spoke to her via phone in Arizona today:..

Voice of: Jodie Dixon, sister of Alison MacKenzie
"I wish we knew something, but I think we know exactly what you all know - she went on a tour to go snorkeling on a little island and in the morning she was gone."

"Belizean police were saying this morning that her fellow passengers says that she was intoxicated that night. Is that something strange to hear?"

Voice of: Jodie Dixon
"Yes, because my sister didn't typically drink. We've been around each other our whole entire life and she was not a drinker. I don't know, she was on a cruise on vacation and to my knowledge I talk to the company and they serve like a run punch or something. At the end of the day I don't know. I wasn't there. It's not typical, like it doesn't say to me oh gosh she was drinking, it's just I don't know. I will say it's not like her to be intoxicated. Maybe have a drink, but to be intoxicated, I've never seen her drunk in my life. When I talk to Raggamuffin Tours there was a woman that I spoke to on the phone her name was Charlie and she told me that the captain of the tour was the last person to see my sister - that she was walking on the beach after everybody had gone to bed, which is not unusual. She is absolutely love the beach. She was afraid to swim in the ocean, but she loved the beach and and this is what the tour lady told me, not the police and not Paige - she said that the captain walker her back over to her tent and told her that she shouldnt be out at night and he made sure she got back in her tent, so and that was suposedly like 2:30 in the morning. So a report about 10pm at night is confusing to me."

"What I really want to say is everything she wrote to me since she's been there because she's been there over a month, she says your country is absolutely beautiful and she was having a very good time and she was very happy there."

"What our family would like is just anybody who was on the island if you have information about her state of mind at the time. The tour company says that she had a very beautiful day snorkeling and that she was very nice to everybody and polite and helpful and she was getting on great with everybody and that everybody like her. So somebody had to have had communication with her, but I don't know why nobody is speaking up, like why isn't one of those other 15 people that was on that tour - what are they saying, what are their thoughts, what did they think happened?"

Late this afternoon, Raggamuffin Tours Limited issued a statement assuring the public that they are cooperating fully with both police investigations and the search efforts being made by Alison MacKenzie's family.

Alison's Mother also released a statement via Facebook this morning, she says she wants her daughter back and is pleading for anyone who knows anything to contact her. Family members are coming to Belize to assist in the search.

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Re: American Woman Disappears on Rendezvous Caye [Re: Marty] #540177
01/22/20 06:14 AM
01/22/20 06:14 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Tourist Still Missing: Recovery, Not Rescue Says Coast Guard

US tourist Alison Mackenzie has now been missing for over 72 hours - and there are grave concerns for her wellbeing tonight.

You'll remember that MacKenzie along with her boyfriend were on a three-day cruise with Ragamuffin tours. They had stopped to camp for an overnight at Rendezvous Caye when she mysteriously disappeared sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Since then, the tour company, police, and the Belize Coast Guard have launched widespread searches to find her.

And today, Lieutenant Roque Canul told us that after 24 hours, rescue missions become recovery missions.

And while the Belize Coast Guard believes that the possibility of finding Alison MacKenzie alive is now minimal they are still expending maximum efforts in the search.

Lieutenant. Roque Canul, Operations Officer, Belize Coast Guard
"We started or resumed the search this morning at around 7 in the morning the areas of change because as the time elapses the search area has gotten bigger. So right now we have extended our searches all the way to Alligator Caye which is further south of where the incident occurred. Now we have two units which are comprised of the unit that has been searching since Saturday and now we've incorporated the unit that is based out at southern Caye so we have two units searching."

"How do you go about determining where to widen your search?"

Lieutenant. Roque Canul
"That's the biggest I would say the biggest issue right now because from when the incident occurred we didn't get a specific area as to the direction that the person took."

"Our focus is the search area or the areas where we are trying to focus all our efforts in order to find the person."

"Based on the time that has elapsed and the wind direction the current direction hence the reason I'm coming up with different search areas and those are the areas that we're targeting at this point."

"Are the missing person's boyfriend or any other members of her family involved in searches at this time?"

Lieutenant. Roque Canul
"We are doing operations on our own however I also understand that there are other units, civilian search units, that are out there to include the tour operators of the tour agency, Raggamuffin, so probably he is along with them out there searching."

"The longer or the more time passes the chances of survival decreases so we are talking about perhaps three days now and so the chances of finding her alive become very very minimal."

"We're still putting a lot of effort or we're doing a lot of work in those areas and we're trying our best to find her."

The Coast Guard's experience is that the buoyancy of a body is greater in saltwater than in freshwater. A victim of drowning would, bend expected to float up 48 hours after a drowning.

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Re: American Woman Disappears on Rendezvous Caye [Re: Marty] #540200
01/23/20 06:10 AM
01/23/20 06:10 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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FBI Helping to Find Alison

US tourist Alison Mackenzie has now been missing for almost 5 days - and, tonight, there is only faint hope her survival.

MacKenzie and her boyfriend were on a three-day cruise with Ragamuffin tours. On Friday night they had stopped to camp for an overnight at Rendezvous Caye when she mysteriously disappeared. Since then, the tour company, the Belize Coast Guard, and The Police Department have launched widespread searches to find her.

And today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told us that the FBI has offered to assist in the search.

"Can you provide us with an update if any on police efforts to locate or work with their counterparts in locating the missing American woman from Rendevous Caye?"

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police
"Yes, I know that the FBI has engaged us with offering assistance and I've said to Mr Myvette and Mr Cowo I have no objection. We welcome any assistance that they can give to this cause and we are hoping that result will be positive even though that seems farfetched at this time but we just continue to hope that the result will be positive in locating her."

Jules Vasquez:
"Is her boyfriend at any point being considered a suspect, has he been questioned and are you all looking at it from the criminal perspective at all?"

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police
"At this time there is no reason to believe that she was murdered but we are still looking at that as such, we must always investigate with the worst-case scenario in mind."

"In terms of the boyfriend he has been interviewed just like any other person who was on the tour and at this time we don't have anything to say that him or any other person on the tour may have done something to her so we'll just continue to investigate and see where the investigation will take us."

"We understand that they were drinking on the boat heavily and she may have gotten drunk before going to bed. We're not sure but it can be assumed that she might have left her tent and went into the sea and something happened there are watchmen on the island and they have also been interviewed by the police and they have shared some information but I don't want to take that information public."

"But the information that they have shared with us is being used to see how it could be used to help us to determine more or less what may have transpired."

MacKenzie's boyfriend and family members, some of whom are reported to have flown into Belize, also continue the search.

Channel 7

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