Headline — 10 April 2015 — by Kareem Clarke
Murdered and dumped in Seine Bight lagoon

SEINE BIGHT, Stann Creek District, Wed. Apr. 8, 2015–The decomposed body of George Richard Maskall, 18, of a Belize City address, was spotted by a fisherman yesterday, Tuesday, floating in the lagoon behind the village of Seine Bight in the Stann Creek District.

Authorities today reported that, acting upon information received sometime around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, Placencia and Dangriga police visited the lagoon behind Seine Bight, where they discovered the body of Maskall, also known as “Lucifer”, floating face-down, dressed only in a short green cargo pants.

Because of the advanced state of decomposition of the corpse, an onsite post-mortem exam was conducted, which certified the cause of Maskall’s death to be “stab wounds to the heart (right atrium) and sharp force injuries to the chest,” and the contributing cause to be “blunt force trauma to the chest”, which indicated that Maskall was brutally murdered.

Preliminary investigations suggest that he was last seen by relatives late Holy Thursday afternoon after he was released from police custody for a drug-related offense.

A missing person’s report was made on Tuesday morning, just hours before his badly decomposed body was discovered and retrieved from the lagoon.

It is believed that Maskall was killed on the bank of the lagoon, which is a few hundred yards away from where he was staying for the past four weeks at the home of a family friend.

Police said autopsy results also indicated that Maskall was killed on the day he went missing.

Investigators told the media that presently, there are no leads in the investigation, but two individuals have been detained for questioning.

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