The Ministry of Health has issued a report of their findings regarding the missing Palm center patient and the fact that the woman’s daughter was not informed that her mother was missing. Palm Center patient Mary Castillo went missing on October 2nd 2014 and as we reported, in August of last year, skeletal remains were found not too far from the Center; remains of a woman, though still unidentified. According to Castillo’s daughter, Siera Hodgson, who lives in the UK , no one informed her about her mother’s disappearance and she only found out when she came to Belize and went to the center for a visit on Boxing Day 2015. Needless to say, Hodgson was irate and went to the media with her story, demanding answers as to why she was not contacted. Today, the Ministry of Health issued a statement saying that the Palm Center did not have any telephone number for Siera Hodgson but that they sent a Facebook message to both Siera and her adopted mother on October 6th and on October 22nd, 2015 and both messages remained unanswered. The Ministry of Health statement says,
“ Management has kept close contact with the Police department with reference to the developments of this case since October 2014. ….The Palm View Staff, the Western Health Regional Management and the Ministry of Health regrets the manner in which Ms. Hodgson found out about the missing status of her mother but the staff worked and sought the adequate avenues available to them in trying to pass the information in due fashion. As far as we are aware, the case of Ms. Castillo is still classified as that of a missing person and investigations are with the Belmopan Police Department.” We understand that the daughter has given her DNA sample to compare with the human remains that were found as investigations continue.