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Missing woman found murdered in San Pedro

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Police have discovered the badly mutilated body of a young woman who was reported missing this past Thursday.

On Saturday afternoon San Pedro police responded to an alert in the Grand Belize Estate area about 3 1/2 miles north of the town and found the partially nude and decomposed body of Silvia Carmen Benites, 22, a Honduran who lived in the San Pedrito area on the island.

The body, according to police, was discovered ‘on the right hand side of the road in a pond of mud and water’.

Police say that on Saturday morning before midday two passersby smelled a stench coming from the area and saw the corpse, which had bruises to the face, neck and back.

A post mortem confirmed that Benites suffered severe ibternal injuries where the bruises were. She also suffered ‘restraining-type injuries to the shoulders and inner thigh’. The autopsy, however, could not determine the cause of death.

The Reporter understands that Benites was last seen on Monday drinking on a veranda in the company of four men. A friend reported her missing on Thursday when efforts to locate her went futile.

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