General — 20 January 2018 — by Micah Goodin
Forensic exam confirms that burnt remains were that of Belmopan teacher

IT teacher Pamela Lino, 42, was well-liked at her school, the Belmopan Baptist High School

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018– Police have today confirmed the worst in the case of Belmopan resident Pamela Lino, 42, who was reported missing on May 1, 2017, about 8 months ago.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Alejandro Cowo, a forensic examination has confirmed that it was her charred remains which were found on May 2, 2017.

Her remains were only discovered by Hattieville police when her white Kia Sportage heading in the direction of Belize City from Belmopan approached a checkpoint and the driver turned the vehicle around and sped off.

Police pursued the vehicle, but it evaded them. Minutes later, they found the vehicle on fire in front of the Princess Royal Youth Hostel compound at the Rockville junction.

After the fire was brought under control, the unidentifiable remains of a woman were found inside the vehicle.

Lino was an Information Technology (IT) teacher at the Belmopan Baptist High School and after her disappearance, the principal of the school, Jerry Roberts, had been interviewed by the press. He revealed that on the day of her disappearance, she was to have attended a staff workshop, but she didn’t, and did not answer his calls.

According to Roberts, Lino was almost unfailingly present at school and so, her absence was unusual. He said that the last time he saw her was three days before her disappearance, but nothing seemed out of place.

Roberts had told the press that the administration and staff of the school had heard many rumors about Lino’s disappearance, but they had remained hopeful that she would have been found alive.

He told the press that Lino was a dedicated and caring teacher who went above and beyond to ensure that she could provide the best education to her students.

She had recently completed her Master’s degree in Information Technology (IT) and was being celebrated by the school as a result of her success.

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