Police found dead in New River

Untitled-1Orange Walk Police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of Police Constable Antonio Chan, 44, whose body was found floating in the New River on Saturday, March 23.

According to a police press release, the police visited the New River at an area east of Honey Camp Street in the Village of Trial Farm, and  found Chan’s body floating in the middle of the river.

Chan’s body, police reported, had blood coming from his mouth and two small cuts were observed above both of his eyes.

The autopsy concluded that the cause of death was ‘Asphyxia due to drowning.’

Sergeant Frederick Gordon, who is attached to the Orange Walk Police, told The Reporter that Chan has been a member of the police for more than 12  years.

He had resigned, but according to Gordon, Chan recently re-enlisted about two years ago.

Chan’s white two-door Izuzu SUV was also found in the river, but Gordon could not explain how the vehicle ended up there.

Police reported that Chan was last seen around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday .

Chan’s body was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital, where it was pronounced dead on arrival.

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