Headline — 12 October 2012
Elderly man was decomposing in his hut

He apparently died on Monday, but was not removed until Thursday morning

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 11, 2012

Yesterday after 5 p.m., police were called to a residence on Cairo Street after neighbours began suffering the stench of a decomposing body.

Police came and found an elderly man dead in a small shack, but reportedly told his neigbours that they could not do anything about the matter, and that the “right people” would come the following morning to remove the body.

So, the neighbours suffered through the night, locking their windows and doors against the horrible stench, and at about 10:30 this morning, Thursday, police and the “right people” came, and the decomposing body was removed.

Residents say that the man is 73, and they knew him as Louis Longsworth. They said that Longsworth was not a drug addict or a violent person, and that they, the neighbours, gave him food every day.

Monday was the last time they saw him, they said, then he did not come for food, and on Wednesday, they began smelling this terrible odor, as if something had died. A neighbor investigated, found him and called police.

The newspaper was told that the lot on which the shack is, is owned by Longsworth’s family, who brought a coffin for him so that he could be buried as quickly as possible.

Another source told us that the man was also known as Louis Timothy Gillett, but we were unable to confirm this at the time.

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