Mr. Marlon Balona was found by a local, under cohune leaves in a secluded area in the village of La Gracia. It is believed that Balona was strangled to death, as he had abrasions on the chest and around his neck. A strap was also discovered near his body, along with his bicycle.
Balona was named a suspect in the death of 64 year old Brian Townsend. Townsend went missing from his Valley of Peace home on Christmas eve. On December 27, his decomposing body was discovered floating in the Mopan River, near Melchor.