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Murder victim dumped in river identified

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

A man who was fished out of the Macal river in an advanced state of decomposition on Tuesday has been identified as Dean Emmanuel Bennett, 20.
Police say he was stabbed multiple times and likely thrown in the river. The news has left his family bereaved and in shock.
The discovery has been hard on Bennett’s family, losing a second son in a span of six months. Bennett’s brother went missing and has not been seen or heard from since.

Bennett’s decomposed body, clothed in long black pants, was retrieved from the river near the new Santa Elena bridge on Tuesday.

Due to the state of decomposition, an on-site post mortem examination was performed. It determined that Bennett suffered multiple stab wounds in the right upper chest, one in his back and another on his right hand. He also had a large cut wound on his forehead.

Bennett’s mother, Salusciana Jimenez, said that her son left home on Sunday after informing her that he was travelling to Belize City to watch the Carnival Road March. Bennett also told her that upon his return he would stay at a friend’s house.

Jimenez told the Reporter that she was not aware her son was missing or that he was murdered. She said that she was alerted by the description of the tattooes which were given on the evening news.

The distraught mother further added that she is certain that her son’s murder is related to the unexplained disappearance of his brother on March 11th. She said that Bennett told her the same people responsible for his brother’s disappearance recently threatened him.

The mother further added that her son has had numerous run-ins with the law, and she is convinced that the authorities were able to identify the corpse from the day it was found, but decided not to tell her.
Jimenez said she is seeking assistance to have her son’s body exhumed and given a proper burial.

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