An American woman was found dead on a feeder road in Placencia Village on Saturday, December 23. The body of 55-year-old Kimberly Lin Stephens of Washington, D.C. was found by a Placencia police mobile patrol unit after they saw a grey Mitsubishi SUV parked in what appeared to be an abandoned lot. The officers made checks and discovered the decomposing body of Stephens. Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett told the media that a telephone cord was found wrapped around Stephen’s neck.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, N.C.I.B
“Initial investigations revealed that Ms. Stephens arrived in Placencia sometime on the 16th of December where she rented a vehicle and so far that has been the last time she was seen alive. An onsite post-mortem revealed that she died from strangulation by ligature which also requires further investigation into the findings. A telephone cord or the charging cord of a telephone was found wrapped around her neck. There was no ransacking of the vehicle. All that was in the vehicle including her personal belongings were intact inside the vehicle.”
It is believed that Stephens entered the country prior to December 16. The authorities here are working with the US Embassy in Belize to contact Stephens’ family in the USA.