Headline — 16 November 2016 — by Micah Goodin
Chopped up for US$3,000

DANGRIGA TOWN, Stann Creek District, Mon. Nov. 14, 2016–The body of a Dangriga resident, Victoria Castillo, 63, who had been reported missing, was discovered, chopped into pieces, with her head almost cut off, in a crocus sac buried inside a shallow grave at around midday on Saturday.

She was found near her home on Melinda Road in Dangriga Town.

A police investigation revealed that US $3,000 and her passport were missing from her residence.

The Officer Commanding the Dangriga Police formation, Senior Superintendent Ralph Moody, told our newspaper that some nephews of Castillo’s spouse are wanted in connection with her murder.

Moody believes that the men have since fled to El Salvador.

Prior to the discovery of her body, Castillo was reported missing by her common-law husband, Felipe Melendrez, 57.

Melendrez told police that on November 5, he had gone to Guatemala to conduct a business transaction and upon his return on the 9th his wife was nowhere to be found.

After making checks with her friends and family, Melendrez then filed an official police report, which prompted a police search.

Police investigations continue.

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