Cayo police try to identify dead man

Police are grappling with the sudden death of a man only known as Alex, believed to be a Salvadoran National in his twenties.

Reports on Monday were that sometime around 9:30 and 11:30 on Saturday December 6th, Alex was socializing with some friends on Awe Street, in San Ignacio. He left shortly after and was not seen again until he was discovered at around 4:00 am on Sunday morning by 22 year old Dennis Guzman, inside a house at Coyoc Street, San Ignacio, in a semi unconscious state.

Dennis Guzman told us via phone that he had known Alex X for only a month and a half and had allowed him, in good faith, to lodge with him temporarily in his house.

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Dennis Guzman

“I reached home between four and four thirty.  When I walked into my house, I heard the man breathing hard.  The lights were on.

I saw him on the bed. He was bleeding.   I carried him to hospital.

That’s it.”

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When police got the call at around 7:00 am on Sunday, Alex X was found hanging on to his life, but later succumbed to his injuries as he was being transferred to the Karl Huesnor Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

The cause of death is yet to be certified, however police say that up to this point there are no indications of foul play.

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vlcsnap-2014-12-10-06h32m40s78Inspector Raymundo Reyes – Deputy Officer Commanding San Ignacio

“It was when he arrived at four that he first noticed that the door of the house was somewhat open.  The light inside the house was on.  So when he went in, he went directly to the room where Mr Alex was sleeping, but then he heard this strange breathing, as if the person was gasping for air, and he discovered that the person was bleeding from his head.”

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Reporter

“So there was no forced entry?”

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Inspector Raymundo Reyes

“There is no forced entry.  There are no signs of struggle inside the house, not even inside the bedroom. Everything indicates as though the injury [occurred in the house], because the person seems to have bled in the bedroom.

If he did drop [and] knock his head, there is a possibility that when he got up, because we found a piece of cloth that was used to cover the injury, and maybe believing that it was just a small cut wound, he went in his bed to sleep and that is how he ended up, because of the alcohol, the knock on his head, he got into a semi coma.”

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The few people Alex had made contact with while being in the country know very little of him. This has made it extremely difficult to identify the person.

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Inspector Raymundo Reyes

“At this moment we have taken photographs, finger prints have been taken, and we have sent it to our other districts so that it will be looked at and see if this person has ever been dealt with by any of the districts within the country of Belize.

We also contacted the Salvadoran Embassy, since the information was that we believe he is a Salvadoran national, but more information is needed so that it can assist us in trying to find out whether this person in fact this is a Salvadoran.”

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Reporter

“Can you say how long he has been in Belize.?

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Inspector Raymundo Reyes

“He has been staying here in San Ignacio for one month.”

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Reporter

“Information was that he had relatives in Belmopan. Has  Police been able to make contact with his relative?”

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Inspector Raymundo Reyes

“As I mentioned, we have done all of that, but so far [it’s been] fruitless.”

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