Tragedy and Trafficking on Sister Islands

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 23            June 9, 2005

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On Saturday, June 4th, 2005, police officers responded to a call regarding a body seen floating in the sea. Police arrived to an area of the beach near a resort located south of San Pedro, where they discovered the lifeless body of an adult male.

    The male was later identified as US National Kevin Michael Riley, 51 years of age. According to a police press release, initial investigations revealed that Riley was last seen alive by the resort's security personnel at approximately 2:00 a.m. on that same date. Officers believe that Riley may have gone for an early swim.

    Riley had been visiting "La Isla Bonita" on his own and was scheduled to depart to Arlington, Virginia, USA on June 5th. Although no signs of violence were visible on the body, police officers are investigating the incident and are awaiting the result of a post mortem examination.

    On Sunday, June 5th, 2005, Michael Bouloy paid a visit to a friend living on an area on the north of San Pedro Town on the Boca del Rio Area. After looking for him and not being able to enter the residence, Bouloy became worried. Since he was unable to find his friend on Sunday, he decided to inform the San Pedro Police Department. Police visited the residence along with Bouloy where the lifeless body of John Charles Thomas was discovered in the bathroom of the house in a decomposed condition.

    Post mortem investigation was carried out on the body and the results revealed that the body had suffered head trauma (hemorrhage), and had also been suffering from liver cirrhosis as a consequence of chronic alcoholism.

    Police officers believe that, after investigating, Thomas was probably intoxicated and decided to take a shower, since the body was discovered naked, when he slipped and fell. Blood was drawn from the body and will be tested to see whether Thomas had an alcohol concentration higher than the prescribed limit at the time of his death. No foul play is suspected and police investigations continue.

    In another tragic accident, Michael Flemright, British citizen and business owner of Caye Caulker Village, suffered a deadly accident on Tuesday afternoon. Flemright, an avid kite sailer, decided to enjoy an afternoon of sailing when a sudden gust of wind flung him violently towards shore. After several attempts made by onlookers to assist him failed, Flemright's body slammed into a building. It is believed that he died on impact. (*Kite sailing is a new adventure sport where participants are pulled by a U shaped parachute suspended at approximately 60 feet above ground.)

    Two boats, believed to have been used for drug trafficking, were found near Cayo Cangrejo, on separate days. On June 2nd, 2005, police officers received a tip that led them to the discovery of a green and white skiff abandoned near the Caye. Arriving at the scene, officers discovered that the 38-foot skiff was completely stripped down, had no cargo or engine. On June 5th, reports again led officers to the discovery of another skiff, this time a gray and white, 38-foot, also stripped. In an interview with Officer-In-Charge Sergeant Irma Anderson, The San Pedro Sun discovered that these two boats, labeled as found property are now the belonging of Central Government, since no one has claimed them. They remain in police custody and will possibly be sent to Belize City.
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