By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Belize Police Department has confirmed that 39-year-old Anne Swaney, an American news producer found dead in the Cayo district on Thursday, was not sexually assaulted before she was strangled to death.
‘A post mortem examination was performed and revealed her cause of death to be asphyxia due to compression of the neck area, throttling and blunt force traumatic injuries to the head and neck. There were no signs of sexual assault as part of this examination,’ the police said in a press release.
The Department added that it is committed to bringing swift justice to whoever committed the murder.
Anne Swaney, an executive producer for the media house ABC-7 in Chicago USA, had only been on vacation in Belize for a few days when she was murdered. She was staying at the Farm Resort in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo between miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway.
On Thursday, January 14, the resort owner reported to police that Swaney was missing, after she left the grounds to do yoga near the Mopan river in the morning and did not return some nine hours later.
Police search efforts were ineffective due to the dark of night, so they returned the next morning where they found her body floating in the river at around 8:15. News of her death spread quickly and the same day, the news station in the US aired a story on her murder.
The United States has, thus far, not issued any travel advisory against Belize to its citizens.