International — 23 May 2014 — by Kareem Clarke

The 51-year-old was reportedly wanted in the US

Although details have been sketchy so far, Amandala has been able to confirm the sudden passing of a 51-year-old American national who was reportedly wanted in the United States but had recently been residing in the village of Caye Caulker.

Caye Caulker police were called to the Maya Island Air Office at around 7:40 this past Monday morning and when they arrived, they reportedly observed a man bleeding through the mouth and nose.

The individual – who we understand was waiting to board a flight to Belize City – was not allowed to get on the aircraft due to his condition and was instead transported to the Caye Caulker Health Center, but died shortly after.

His body was subsequently transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) morgue for a post-mortem which, we were told, is scheduled to take place today to determine the cause of his sudden death.

According to reliable sources, police subsequently went searching for the deceased’s identity after the incident and could not find a passport for the victim, but managed to recover his driver’s license at the hotel where he had been staying.

The alias on the license identified him as Benjamin Paul Smith; however, when the authorities forwarded the information to the United States Embassy, officials there reportedly verified that the name of the man was actually Jonathan James Smith, 51, who allegedly had an extensive criminal record and was wanted in the US, although they did not specify the crimes he had committed.

We have been attempting to contact the US Embassy for more information on the alleged fugitive, but our efforts so far have proved futile.

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