By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Police are investigating the apparent murder of an American news producer in the Cayo district on Friday.
San Ignacio police recovered the partially nude body of 39 year-old Anne Swaney from the Mopan River around 8:00 on Friday morning, with what appeared to be blunt force trauma wounds to the head, and marks on her neck. Her belongings were recovered on a deck not far from where her body was found.
Swaney, was staying at the Nabitunich Farm Resort between miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway, and was reported missing by the resort’s owner on Thursday night. Reports are that she was to go horseback riding, but stayed behind because they were one horse short. She instead opted to do yoga by the river and that was the last time she was seen alive.
When she had not returned after nine hours, the resort owner, 40 year-old Santiago Juan, called the police.
Police gathered a search party but later called it off due to lighting constraints. They have questioned a Guatemalan fisherman found near the scene; however they did not detain him as a suspect.
Swaney was an executive producer for the media house, ABC7, based in Chicago, Illinois USA, and was responsible for the company’s website.