Crime — 01 October 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Toledo police are trying to unravel the sequence of events that led to the death of a Guatemalan man found murdered in the border village of Jalacte. It is believed that the man responsible for his death has escaped to the neighboring country.

On Friday evening at about 5:30 p.m., two Guatemalan men went to a home in Jalacte, belonging to Fernando Sacul, 61, a Guatemalan of Jalacte, and about 10:00 Saturday morning, one of the two men was found dead, and the other has disappeared.

Sacul told police that he and his wife went out that Friday evening and returned later that night at about 11:00, but on his return, he found only one of his visitors, and when he inquired about the other man, his visitor told him that the man had been taken away by police.

However, about 10:00 Saturday morning, the agitated barking of his dogs alerted him that something was wrong, and he went into his yard to see what was happening.

According to Sacul, upon checking behind his house in some bushes, he discovered the body of the missing Guatemalan man, and the police were called. The other Guatemalan man has since disappeared.

Sacul told police that the visit of the men to his home was only the second encounter he had had with them, and, although he agreed to let them stay at the house on Friday night, he did not know them well.

The body has been taken to the Punta Gorda Town Hospital to undergo an autopsy to certify the cause of death, after which the body will be handed over to Guatemalan authorities, who will return the dead man to his family for burial.

The name and identity of the deceased Guatemalan is yet unknown.

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