By Marion V. Ali
San Pedro police are following several leads into the death of 57-year-old Santiago Trapp, who was reported missing last week.
San Pedro police have confirmed that the Edwards family reported Trapp missing after he failed to show up in town by Saturday.
On Sunday, members of the family went looking for Trapp in the Basil Jones area where he was the caretaker of a fishing camp, located about 13 miles north of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye.
When they arrived at the fishing camp where Trapp stayed, they discovered that someone had recently set the camp site on fire and Trapp was missing.
The family alerted police that evening of their discovery and on Monday morning San Pedro police mobilized a joint search with the Coast Guard.
The search party discovered the 16’ X 20’ wooden camp, which belonged to Moses Campos, a resident of the San Juan area of San Pedro, completely destroyed by fire.
Trapp was still nowhere in sight. Trapp was last seen around 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Police initiated a search that spanned for several miles.
At around 1:45 p.m. one of his relatives walked onto a spot which had soft, freshly disturbed and about 3/4 of a mile from the campsite and about 70 feet from the sea. That spot proved to be Trapp’s makeshift grave.
Police told this newspaper that Trapp’s corpse was wrapped in a rug and his neck was so severely slashed that all the vital organs were exposed.
He had also been stabbed twice to the centre of the chest and was apparently beaten prior to death.
Police have detained seven men of San Pedro Town and say that the area where the campsite was based is a hotspot for “wet drops” of cocaine parcels from time to time.