Exterminator and Brother Accidentally Poisoned at Home

Posted By: Marty

Exterminator and Brother Accidentally Poisoned at Home - 10/31/17 11:24 AM

The strangest death over the weekend involved one of two Belize City brothers, who are believed to have inadvertently consumed a toxic chemical as they socialized on Saturday afternoon.  Ryan Swift, a well-known exterminator died immediately while his sibling, Steve Swift, remains alive and has pulled out of a coma at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is receiving treatment.  How that was possible remains under investigation, but it is known that due to the nature of his business, chemicals were kept at Ryan’s house on Central American Boulevard. News Five’s Isani Cayetano went looking for answers today.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Scenes of Crimes technicians, all three donning see-through hazmat suits, exited the lower flat of Ryan Swift’s home on Central American Boulevard on Saturday morning.  One of them carried with her a black plastic bag presumably containing evidence gathered from inside the residence.  The well-known exterminator had been pronounced dead; his older brother Steven lay comatose on the other side of Central American Boulevard, across from where the two had been drinking moments earlier.

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Reference the incident at the corner of Central American Boulevard, Mr. Swift’s residence.  Police responded to that information on Saturday morning and as a result, upon their arrival they observed Mr. Ryan Swift onboard an ambulance being treated.  Likewise, at the other side of the boulevard there was the other brother, Mr. Steve Swift, likewise in a state of unconsciousness.  Police assisted the BERT personnel by driving the ambulance to the hospital.”

Despite the rush to seek emergency medical attention, the younger sibling would not survive the ordeal.  It is believed that both men may have ingested a deadly poison while they were hanging out together that morning.  Ryan Swift was known to keep chemicals used for pest control on his premises.  How it may have gotten into their cocktail is anyone’s guess, but it is not being ruled out by investigators.

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes it’s a possibility, as we found other pesticide materials around the area and we know that they were, earlier in the morning they were dealing with some mixture of chemicals prior to the incident happening.”

Acquaintances of the Swifts told News Five off-record that it wasn’t unusual for the pair to gather downstairs for drinks in their leisure.  The quickness, with which the toxic substance reacted, sent the brothers into bouts of convulsion.  The symptoms of poisoning, according to police, also included difficulty breathing.

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Mr. Ryan Swift did not make it alive at the hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.  Mr. Steven Swift is still admitted in a critical condition at this moment.  The information that we have gotten so far is that they were socializing at the lower flat of their house in the open area.  But when the police checked they found several containers containing suspected liquor that they were consuming.  Also, the house was checked inside, the two floors, the lower and the upper, where police found a number of pesticides and other kinds of poisonous materials inside of the house.  So far it is, we suspect that it’s a death investigation that we are dealing with.  We do not believe that any foul play is suspected at this moment.”

It is expected that specimens will be tested in order to provide a toxicology report during the autopsy.

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yesterday the investigating officer was able to retrieve blood from Mr. Steven at the hospital and for the post mortem, likewise the doctor will be collecting samples so that it be sent to the lab for testing so we can definitely say what kind of poison or if any poison was used or they consumed any poison that caused the death, but we have to wait until the post mortem results [come in].”

Ryan Swift, despite being one of the go-to guys to get rid of vermin, was also an avid supporter of the United Democratic Party.  The banner of his Pickstock Area Representative flies proudly in front of his home, long after Sedi Elrington had won the 2015 general elections. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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”Ry-Bo”, A UDP Legend

So, while police try to determine how he died, his UDP family is more concerned about how he lived. Ryan Swift was a loyal UDP both as a campaigner, and an election strategist.

On his Facebook page, Deputy Prime Minister said, quote, "Farewell my friend! You were as true and loyal a soldier for our beloved UDP as any could be!"

UDP Party Whip Michael Finnegan shared similar sentiments with us this evening in an interview. Here's what he had to say about the man he called, "a UDP intellect":

Hon. Michael Finnegan - UDP Parliamentarian
"The United Democratic Party, we have lost a soldier. We lost an intellect, a political intellect that we'll not be able to replace. We have lost a political lion, and we mourn the passing of Ryan Swift."

Daniel Ortiz, reporter
"What were your interactions with him like?"

Hon. Michael Finnegan
"Ryan and I were extremely close. We were close, especially, on Sundays, when I would have to pick him up at Central American Boulevard, over the last 3 years, and we'd journey here to Albert Street to attend mass at 8 o'clock at Wesley Church. That was our Sunday morning routine, and from there, we go to Biltmore to have breakfast. But, the everyday, every week political discourse that we meet around the table, and we talk and work out strategies, and lean on his capacity to think out the issues, I will miss, and I know that the United Democratic Party will miss immensely."

Daniel Ortiz, reporter
"We understand that he was a key campaigner for the current Deputy Prime Minister in his bid for the Deputy Leadership of the UDP."

Hon. Michael Finnegan
"Ryan is a key campaigner for every United Democratic Party candidate, as long as you contest elections for the United Democratic Party, Ryan played an important role with every candidate, not only the Leader, or the Deputy Leader, but with everybody."

On their Facebook page, the UDP said, quote, "Ryan will be remembered for always displaying passion in his personal and professional life, as well as in being a great supporter of our party." End quote.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Exterminator and Brother Accidentally Poisoned at Home - 11/03/17 11:31 AM

Post Mortem Says “Ry-Bo” Ingested Toxic Substance

54-year-old exterminator Ryan Swift died last week Saturday under unusual circumstances. Today, police confirmed that he was poisoned. Swift was at his residence and office on Saturday morning having a drink with his 61-year-old brother Steve. Steve left to get something and when he came back, Ryan was seizing on the ground. Steve ran to get help, and the same thing then happened to him. Steve survived and remains in the hospital but Ryan died.

Police say that his office area that did contain toxic substances. Today the results of the post-mortem examination were released and confirmed Ryan Swift did die due to the consumption of a toxic substance. The investigation is still underway as police are now awaiting the toxicology report - which can take weeks.

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