By Marion V. Ali
San Pedro police have boosted their presence in the upscale north end of Ambergris Caye, where two men who were reported missing on Tuesday were discovered murdered and buried in shallow graves shortly after 11 on Wednesday morning.
Sylvin Chi, 41, and Benjamin Molina, 23, left their campsite at mile 11 around 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday to look for coconuts to make coconut oil, but they never returned.The caretaker at the campsite reported them missing.
Police and Coast Guard personnel who immediately mounted a search, observed bloodstains on some bush on the side of the road and follwed the trail. This led them to a shallow grave freshly covered with sticks and leaves. When they opened up the grave they found the missing men. They had been shot in the head.
Police told The Reporter that Chi, who had four court convictions on drug-related charges, had just paid a court fine on February 11th to avoid going to prison on one for possession of a crack pipe. They believe that instead of looking for coconuts, the men actually went to the area to look for “wet drops” of cocaine.
The two men had come from the Corozal District, but Molina only re-located to San Pedro seven months ago, seeking employment. Police believe they were murdered with a pump action 12 gauge shotgun because one of the men’s wounds revealed multiple pellets. Up to press time, police did not have any suspects.