BELIZE CITY, Mon. June 21, 2021– The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, reported on Friday that DNA from the body of an unidentified man found floating near Larks Caye, in the vicinity of Placencia, will be sent for DNA testing, in an attempt to determine the man’s identity.
Earlier this week police released the results of a post-mortem examination that had been conducted on the remains. Those results indicated that the body belonged to a male person, between the ages of forty and fifty, who died from “multiple blunt force traumatic injuries to the chest and abdominal area.”
There is still speculation that the remains are the body of the pilot of the suspected narco plane that crash-landed in the sea near the area, but the victim’s identity is still to be ascertained.
The Police Department is now attempting to identify the deceased through the use of DNA sample testing.
Commissioner Williams explained, “There are several things that we have done, including getting samples for DNA. Those will be sent to the DNA lab for testing. And hopefully, we will see if we will be able to determine. But again, you would know that when it comes to DNA, we will require a match, a sample from a person we want to compare to. So, I would want to think that sometime down the road the family of the pilots that would have been in that plane will come forward and report their family member missing.”
He also stated that the samples taken from the unidentified corpse will be compared with the genetic profile of anyone who comes forward to report a missing family member to determine if there is a link between those two persons.