General — 27 September 2017
4 persons reported missing—from Belize City, Trial Farm, Dangriga, and Santa Cruz

BELIZE CITY, Fri. Sept. 22, 2017–Four persons in Belize have been reported missing since Wednesday, September 6.

Shaun Bennett, 35, of Dangriga, was reported missing by his wife, Valerie Williams, a babysitter of the Wagierale area in Dangriga Town. Ms. Williams told police that at about 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon, September 6, Bennett left home to go to an unknown destination, and he has not been seen or heard from since.

Bennett is described as being of dark complexion, and about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a low haircut and has a tattoo of the name “Helen” on his right arm. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and a pair of blue, knee-length Dickies pants.

Martha Leal, a teacher of Belama Phase One, told police that her son, 24-year-old Daniel Leal, left home to go for a walk in the Belama area at about 7:00 Tuesday morning, September 19, and that was the last time she saw him. The devastated mother told police that her son had been acting strangely for the past two weeks, as if he was experiencing some type of mental instability.

Daniel, who is of Mestizo descent, is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, slim built, of fair complexion, and has a low haircut. He has 3 tattoos – the words “Death before dishonor” on his left forearm; the name “Gina” on his right upper chest; and the name “Martha” on his right shoulder. He was last seen wearing a red sleeveless shirt; gray, knee-length pants, and gray slippers.

The third person reported missing is Kenia Estelita Briceño, 13, a student of Trial Farm in the Orange Walk District. Kenia’s mother, Silvia Marina Guillen, 33, a domestic of Sparrow Street, Trial Farm, told police that Kenia was working at a fair with her sisters and relatives when, at about 8:30 Wednesday night, September 20, she told them she was going to the bathroom. She did not return. As of this evening, she has not been heard from.

Kenia is of Mestizo descent. She is about five feet tall, weighs about 125 pounds, has straight black hair just below the shoulder, and has a round face and sharp nose. She was last seen wearing a green blouse, blue jeans short pants, and black tennis shoes.

Sharon Jasmin Garrido, 15, a student of Santa Cruz, Stann Creek District, was reported missing by her mother, Margarita Garrido, of Farm 8 Santa Cruz, on Wednesday, September 20. The distraught parent told police that her daughter left home to go to school, at about 7:00 Wednesday morning, and did not return. She has not been seen since.

Sharon is of Hispanic descent, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs about 130 pounds. She has long, black hair; dark brown eyes; a narrow face, a sharp nose, a small mole on the right cheek, and a scar on the right leg. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, long blue jeans pants, and grey tennis shoes.
The families of the missing persons and the police are seeking public assistance to find them. Anyone who has information about any of their whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest police station, call 911, or call 0800-922-TIPS.

-police blotter-

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