General — 21 March 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Two women, one in the Cayo District and the other in the Corozal District, were found dead in their rooms in two separate incidents.

One of the women, Norma Lopez, of Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, Cayo, was 85-years-old, while the other, Delma Cristelia Sosa Murillo, was a 26-year-old Honduran young woman who worked as a waitress at Palacio Dulce Bar, located in Ranchito, Corozal District.

Lopez was found decomposing on the floor beside her bed a little after noon, yesterday, Tuesday, while Murillo was found lying face-down on her bed, lifeless, at about 7:30 Sunday night, March 16.

Neighbours of Lopez had started to smell a foul odor, and when caretakers of hers took food for her on Monday, they had to leave it at the door, which was locked. When they returned yesterday, Tuesday, and found the food untouched and the door still locked, however, they raised an alarm.

Police made a forced entry into the house and found the elderly woman lying on the floor in her room. She was immediately taken to the San Ignacio Memorial Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.

However, no foul play is suspected. She died of natural causes, police say. She was last seen alive on Saturday.

Murillo, on the other hand, had been drinking heavily at the El Palacio Dulce Bar at about 3:00 Sunday afternoon when she reportedly began feeling ill, and went into her room to rest, say police.

About 2-3 hours later, Clara Luz Sagastume, 33, the owner of El Palacio Dulce Bar, went to check on her, but the door was locked from inside, and she wasn’t getting any response.

Sagastume raised the alarm and the door was then pried open, and Murillo was found face-down on the bed, motionless. Friends made frenzied efforts to revive her by wetting her with water, but to no avail.

Murrillo was then rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Marcel Riverol at 7:40 p.m. that same Sunday, March 16. No signs of violence were observed on her body.

Murillo’s room was searched and her Honduran passport was retrieved, along with some transparent plastic bags which contained a white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine. The body awaits a post–mortem. The Honduran embassy has been informed of Delma Cristelia Sosa Murillo’s death.


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