Body of missing Lemonal resident found

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter

The body of a 27-year-man that had been missing for almost two weeks was found in a shallow grave in the village of Lemonal on Saturday afternoon.

Denvo Banner’s remains were found in a shallow grave behind the community school by a search team comprised of police officers, Belize Defense Force soldiers and family members.
According to Inspector Frederick Gordon, the rural Executive officer, the post-mortem on the body was conducted Saturday night and a relative positively identified the body.

Gordon said due to the advanced state of decomposition the post-mortem had to be conducted on site.

Gordon indicated that Banner was found with gunshot wounds to the head and said police have launched an intensive investigation into the murder. There were no expended shells retrieved from the area where Banner’s body was found. Police also believe that Banner may have known his killer. Police have one person detained for questioning in connection with the incident.

Banner, an avid cricket player, was last seen on August 9th after he celebrated a victory with his team at the Lemonal Community Center.

Banner’s family said they have no intention of pursuing the killers and instead are satisfied that they have closure of knowing the fate of their loved one after not seeing him for two-weeks.

Banner’s family also said they don’t know of any reason why anyone would want to hurt him or have him killed.

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