Crime

Autopsy shows victim was beaten and stabbed and left to drown

By Marion V.Ali
Staff Reporter

Roaring Creek residents, Michael Broaster and Colin Richards are on remand at the Hattieville Prison until February 10, 2015 on a joint charge of murder, following the Wednesday morning discovery of the body of Corwin Mendoza.

Mendoza reportedly went missing on Sunday evening. His uncle, Eduardo Mendoza, who was part of the search party since Monday, spotted the body in the creek behind Guanacaste Park, which is located near the entrance road to Belmopan off the George Price Highway
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An autopsy confirmed that while Mendoza died of drowning, he had head trauma and multiple stab wounds to his upper body.
Twenty-four year old Mendoza went missing on Sunday night while visiting the mother of his three-year-old daughter at her home about three blocks from his family home. An argument erupted during which the two accused men became involved, reports say. One of them, Broaster, is said to be the woman’s stepfather.
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Police and Mendoza’s family suspected that he was murdered from Sunday night because on Monday when the search for him began, they found his clothes and a trail of blood was seen leading from a spot near the home to the creek.
Belmopan police, headed by Officer Commanding, Superintendent Howell Gillett, had also gotten assistance of the Belize Coast Guard to search the river.

Mendoza, who had moved away from Roaring Creek, returned a few weeks ago to upgrade his travel/immigration documents.
His family has expressed disappointment and anger at the fact that residents in the village had reportedly heard him screaming for help on Sunday night but did not notify anyone about it until the following morning.

They are, nonetheless comforted now that his body has been found and they can give him a proper burial. .

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